This is the entry point to one of the great white wine producers of the world. White flowers, earthy, mineral, almost like pop rocks (delving far back into my childhood). There is zingy acid, and a bit of silk. There is a lot to love about this wine, especially now it has a few years under its belt. Drink over the next few years. Pair with Veal Scallopini.
FX PICHLER Wachau From Oberloiben the Pichlers craft some of the most opulent and amazingly complex whites in the region. Not afraid of structure and funk the Pichler style lends itself to long term aging. With holdings in many great vineyards and the willingness to seek ‘authenticity’ in their wines Pichlers wine makes for a unique and rewarding experience. “F.X. Pichler is the Chateau Latour, Domaine De La Romanee-Conti, Zind-Humbrecht, Sandrone and Helen Turley of the Wachau.” Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate
Wachau – ‘Steep Terraces. Noble Grapes. Monumental Wines’ says the Austrian wine website and it is hard to disagree. A UNESCO world heritage site on the Danube that is 1350 hectares dedicated to quality Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. Some of the best white wines in the world are made here.
Grüner Veltliner – The jewel in the crown of Austria. Grüner Veltliner wines are reminiscent of Riesling but often with more density, less overt perfume and more spice. Ages well and becomes a reasonable facsimile of old White Burgundy. Makes up around 30% of total vineyard area.