2013 Rudi Pichler Riesling Federspiel Wachau SKU #1309127


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Tasting Notes

High-lying terraces and valley sites comprising weathered soils are behind this elegant, unobtrusively fruity Riesling. This pairs perfectly with savory cheeses and spicy fare.

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Pichler is just a stellar producer and each time I taste it I realize that the glowing accolades aren't hyperbolic whatsoever. The Federspiel Riesling delivers everything you could ever want from a dry Riesling and more. A nose of incredible freshness, crushed stone, lemon oil, vibrant and piercing mineral note. Not as brooding as some, but still with a hint of petrol. Long structured and full of crunchy acidity. A world class wine from a world class name.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    To see the purity of the Wachau region I think Federspiel is the best vehicle, I love drinking Smaragd but that ends up being more about the grape and vintage, Federspiel is lighter and a pure insight to site. This wine's nose is archetypal Wachau, stone with hints of fusel, combined with fresh white flowers, really dramatic. On the palate it's crisp, focused, clean and showing right through to the soil, precise and direct. The finish is long, and longer, stone, mineral then branches into a bit of Riesling, excellent wine.
    Drink from 2017 to 2025
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    As much as we like to triumph German Rieslings, I've had plenty of Austrian Rieslings that go toe-to-toe with just about anything coming out of the Mosel. The aromatics on this wine are a bit of a show-stealer. There are tons of white flowers and citrus bursting from the glass. On the palate, the wine comes off razor thin and super intense. The acid is off the charts here, but in a way that isn't overpowering or too extreme. An absolutely killer wine that I would happily drink anytime.
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    This Riesling is pure in every way, yet it still has a lot of power and weight. Nice citrus finish, a nice summer wine.


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