2017 Rudi Pichler Riesling Achleithen Smaragd

Highly Rated
Outstanding, intense dry Riesling with incredible power and structure.

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The very top of the Wachau Riesling Tree - a great vineyard (Achleithen), from a great producer, made at the greatest designated level (Smaragd).

Achleithen is a designated single vineyard (or Ried, which you may see on the label) - a very steep, south-west facing site of terraced vines on pure rock soils, overlooking the Danube.

Rieslings from Wachau are generally dry but with high levels of extract, so this not an ethereal delicate style but a rich powerhouse full of stonefruit, honey, slate and smoke. Years in the cellar ahead.

Rudi Pichler is a member of the voluntary 'Vinea Wachau' (akin to the German VDP arrangement) and adheres to the strict rules of their system. 'Smaragd' is the top designation for wines with the highest ripeness, the fermented dry - it is named after the emerald lizards that frequent the vineyards.

From an extremely steep hillside with southwesterly-exposed terraces and meagre soils of Gföhler gneiss, this is a mineral-driven and pure Riesling, one that epitomises authenticity & identity.

98 Points - "Very complex nose with everything from exotic fruit and pomelo to white pepper, fresh herbs and spring flowers. Great brilliance and minerality, packed into a remarkably sleek package for this grape and the opulent vintage. Then comes the finish that just doesn't want to let go!" - James Suckling (JamesSuckling.com)

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