F.X. Pichler M Gruner Veltliner Smaragd 2017

F.X. Pichler M Gruner Veltliner Smaragd 2017

 

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F.X. Pichler
M Gruner Veltliner Smaragd 2017
  • Vintage : 2017
  • Country : Austria
  • Region : Wachau
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Creamy Full Bodied White
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
  • Grappes : 100% Grüner Veltliner

“M” is a very different style to the other wines from F.X. Pichler. This wine is bright yellow-green in colour. On the nose, there are notes of ripe mango, honey and spice. On the palate, there are spicy characters with a hint of anise. This wine is full-bodied, concentrated and the finish is long and luscious.

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 95 2017
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Vineyards:

M stands for “Monumental” and is the name of F.X. Pichler’s Grüner Veltliner Smaragd to signify extraordinary complexity and concentration, which was first introduced in 1991. “M" is a mystical wine, with opulence and concentrated minerality. The grapes for this wine are harvested two to three weeks later than other wines. Dependent on the vintage and the growing season, “M” is usually made with grapes from the Loibenberg vineyard, with a small selection of grapes from several premium sites.

Vinification:

Low pressure was maintained throughout the pressing process. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and then stored in large old Austrian oak barrels with capacities of 3,000 - 5,000 litres. This wine did not undergo any malolactic fermentation.

Acidity: 5.7 g/l
Residual sugar: 3.5 g/l

History of F.X. Pichler The history of this estate dates back to 1898 when it was founded in Oberloiben. Franz and Lucas Pichler In 1928 Franz Pichler started to select his own Grüner Veltliner clones, focusing on the vines that were producing small-berried grapes, to ensure lower yields, better extract and fruit character - the estate’s reputation as undisputed Grüner specialists was starting to be formed. In the early 1970s Franz Xaver (F.X.) Pichler took over the… Read more

Robert Parker (RP) : 95 Points (2017)
From the latest harvest pass and the oldest vines, though no botrytis yet highly ripe and overripe grapes, the 2018 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd M is very concentrated and intense but clear and elegant on the slightly flinty nose. Sourced in the Kellerberg, Loibenberg Liebenberg and the terraced western part of the Kollmütz, this is a lush and rich, very intense yet elegant Veltliner with lots of power but also remarkable finesse and lingering salinity on the finish. Drinking this wine young is ridiculous and a waste of its talents and potential greatness. Although I don't know where the wine going from here I suppose it will develop very well over the next 10 years. The 2018, unlike the other Smaragd vines, was destemmed, macerated for up to 24 hours and 50% fermented in large (25 hectoliter) oak vats, and the lees were stirred once per month. Bottled in August 2019 and tasted at the domain in September.

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