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Rudi Pichler Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Kollmutz 750ml 2012
Sku: 2007209
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Country: Austria
Region: Weinland
Sub-Region: Niederosterreich
Appellation: Wachau
Grape Varietal: Gruner Veltliner
Type: Still wine
Reg. $74.99
On Sale $64.99
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Wine Advocate 90 points - Pichler’s 2012 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Kollmutz leads with alkaline and wet stone notes already in the nose, along with piquant, green walnut and struck-flint smokiness - a striking if by no means winsome or welcoming announcement! Formidably dense and compact, this manages to buffer out the bitterness intimated in the nose, and its myriad mineral elements make for a complex finish, in which fresh lime and cucumber serve for welcome juiciness. It should prove fascinating and quite possibly versatile to experiment with at table through at least 2018, though taken on its own I confess that even though it is impressive in its unusual way, I’m not quite sure what to make of it, even after the bottle had been open for 24 hours. This is definitely one to revisit soon.  (Apr 2014)

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Wine maker notes
Rooted in steep stone terraces, vines more than 40 years old yield a wine of exacting minerality, coupled with complex fruity flavors.

The Pichler family has been making wine in the village of Wosendorf since at least the late 19th century. The original cellar building, more of a small stall than a winery, was purchased in 1884 and their first vineyards were planted in the town of Wosendorf in 1904. The modern winery was built in 2004 near Rudi´s private home. After some initial wanderlust and the pursuit of various other interests – academic and commercial – Rudolf Pichler IV returned to the family winery with a seed of an idea. He had no formal training other than his memories of his grandfather and his instincts for great wine. LOCATION OF VINEYARD The particular bends in the Upper Section of the Danube river as it flows east from the Melk to the City of Krems, form the 1,350 hectares of the Wachau (VOCK-aw) Valley. The steep hillsides that hug the river were formed of ancient Gfohler Gneiss, a particular primary rock, as well as granite and some slate deposits. It is this particular variety of soil and steep exposure that combine with the unique microclimate of this area to produce the distinct wines of the Wachau. Pichler’s vineyard holdings are primarily in the western end of the Wachau, where the cool mountain breezes underscore the minerality and structure in the wines. Working from old vines on primary rock soils, it is the aim of the Pichler estate to reflect these vineyard very clearly in the glass. WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY The intensity of work in the vineyards is the foundation of Pichler’s philosophy, to the point where he even insists on replacing the term of winemaker by wine-caretaker, as his wine is not MADE in the cellar. As Rudi explains, “ Authentic wine is not created in the cellar, but born in the vineyard, gently educated in the cellar and then grown up in the bottle.” In other words, it is practical and cautious for him, a protection of his livelihood and estate – because the vineyard, “der Ried” the place, can never be made somewhere else and given another name: Wosendorfer Kollmutz is Wosendorfer Kollmutz, full stop. That is the standard by which he works and the essence of a Pichler wine.

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