An amazingly concentrated dry riesling that somehow manages to be extraordinarily light-footed. There's a super-wide spectrum of aromas from parsley through lemon grass, with ripe white peach, mandarin orange and white chocolate in between. The breathtaking balance is more important than all of this, extending right through the incredibly long, lingering finish. Drink any time during the next thirty years! *Ranked #7 on Top 100 of 2017*
The 2016 Ried Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd opens very pure, intense and flinty, with concentrated stone fruit aromas oh the nose. Rich and intense on the palate, this is an elegant, pure, finessed and very mineral Riesling with perfect mango aromas and piquant acidity. Very salty and tight, with great concentration and a persistent aromatic finish, this is a terroir-driven and age-worthy Kellerberg, a truly great wine! Tasted as a sample in July 2017, three weeks before the scheduled bottling. 2016 has brought serious wines at FX Pichler, especially bright Rieslings (Kellerberg!) and gorgeous Muscat (Gelber Muskateller Loibenberg), whereas Grüner Veltliner had to be strictly selected due to rot and acid rot. The finest wines are super aromatic and well concentrated but also pure, piquant and spicy/herbal. They are less rich and powerful compared to 2015 but straight, fresh and full of mineral tension. Due to rainfalls, the harvest went on in a stop-and-go modus similar to 2008, but the 2016s are very different: cooler and much more elegant and precise. Lucas Pichler compares the Rieslings with 2004, whereas he doesn't know to which vintage he could compare the 2016 Grüner Veltliner. These are full-bodied, round and intense but possess mineral structure and freshness. From the 2015 vintage comes the Sauvignon Blanc Grosse Reserve, a spectacular wine readers can already be excited about. (SR)
Wonderfully aromatic notions of blood orange zest and ripe Meyer lemon swirl on nose and palate of this wine. Its slender yet concentrated body imbues that citrus tautness with hints of richer fruit—think juicy Mirabelle plum and ripe orange. A lemon note keeps the balance firmly in the tart camp, making for a zesty, intense and clean midpalate and finish. That blood orange aroma lingers magically. Drink 2020–2035. (AK)
Intriguing flavors of bergamot, cardamom, stone and spice mark this seductive, vibrant Riesling. Slim, yet expressive and complex, with a delicate frame and an elegant feel. Shows wonderful integration and harmony among all the elements. The finish is long and inviting, making this hard to resist now. (AZ)
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