Grüner Veltliner Ried Kollmütz Smaragd 2018

Rudi Pichler is among the elite growers of the Wachau producing wines of precision, power, and longevity. Grüner Veltliner and Riesling make up 95% of the production with the remaining 5% shared between Weißburgunder and Roter Veltliner. Rudi Pichler belongs to the prestigious Vinea Wachau and vinifies under the strict parameters of their codex.

Yields are kept low between 30 and 35 hectoliters per hectare with botrytis carefully removed by hand.  Grapes are crushed by foot and receive between three and 36 hours of maceration on the skins. Vinification is entirely in stainless-steel tanks and malolactic fermentation is avoided.

Kollmütz is a terraced vineyard in Wösendorf sitting between 200 and 400 meters of elevation. The soils of Kollmütz developed from an ancient landslide resulting in chaotic layers of rock and boulders. The vineyard is particularly rich in magnesium and iron. Wines from Kollmütz are typically linear, dense, and intensely mineral in character.

Tasting Notes

Grüner Veltliner is the signature grape of Austria and produces a dry white wine with savory aromas, spicy flavors, and good acidity. Grüner Veltliner Smaragd from the Wachau is a full-bodied wine and is rich in style with notes of stone fruit, lemon, radish, and arugula.

Food Pairing

Grüner Veltliner’s bright acidity and savory character make it an ideal partner to mildly spiced Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese flavors. Fish and shellfish are accented by Grüner Veltliner’s citrus and mineral profile while its acidity cuts the richness of pork or ham. It can also work well with foods that are difficult to pair such as bitter greens and asparagus.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Ried Kollmütz
Vineyard size
103 acres
Soil composition
Gneiss and Rocky
Elevation
726-1,188 feet
Vines/acre
1800
Average Vine Age
40+ years
Exposure
Southern
Year vineyard planted
1960-1970
Harvest time
October-November
First vintage of this wine
1971
Bottles produced of this wine
4,000-8,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Grüner Veltliner
Prefermentation Technique
Cold soak
Time on its skins
6-12 hours
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Malolactic fermentation
No
Fining agent
Vegan
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
1 month
Length of aging before bottling
5 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14 %
Residual sugar
1.9 g/L
Acidity
4.6 g/L

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