Rudi Pichler Smaragd Achleiten Riesling 2019 - 750ml

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98pts James Suckling

Super concentrated, but no less subtle or elegant, this amazing dry riesling has an incredibly wide range of floral and stone-fruit aromas, yet remains so cool and refined through the almost endless finish. It’s nothing short of miraculous that this has 14% alcohol, yet tastes so great! Drink or hold.

Winemaker Notes

Wachau Riesling is dry and often defined by high levels of dry extract (due to a lengthy ripening period) and a pleasing freshness (due to dramatic temperature swings between day and night). Rudi Pichler’s Riesling Achleithen comes from steep, southwest-facing terraces of meager primary rock soils resulting in a dry white wine of great structure and strong mineral character. 

Riesling’s high acidity makes it one of the most versatile wines at the table. Riesling can be used to cut the fattiness of foods such as pork or sausages and can tame a certain amount of saltiness. Conversely, it can highlight foods such as fish or vegetables in the same way a squeeze of lemon or a vinaigrette can.