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F X Pichler Durnsteiner Liebenberg Gruner Veltliner Smaragd 2012


SKU 02700


The steeply terraced vineyard Liebenberg, which stretches west of Dürnstein, ranks among the most interesting single-vineyard sites of Wachau. It is located on meager, weathered soils of gneiss and mica schist with an exposure from south to southwest. Here thrive vines that produce wines full of mineral elegance and expansive nuances, which will not loose their distinctive origin even after many years of cellaring.
Category White Wine
Country Austria
Region Wachau
Brand F X Pichler
  • we94

Wine Enthusiast"Cellar Selection" This wine has a full-bodied character that is very ripe. Pepper dominates the flavors, showing off the quince and pear fruits. There is perhaps too much sulfur at this touch, so let it blow off when opening and before drinking. This wine has huge potential to age, so don't drink before 2015.

Roger Voss, February 1, 2014
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateA sweetly ripe tropical fruitiness of pineapple and pink grapefruit marks the F. X. Pichler 2012 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Liebenberg, to which a positively sizzling impingement of citrus zest, pineapple core and white pepper lends counterpoint. There is a faintly soapy texture, and the aforementioned sizzle is reinforced in the finish by slightly noticeable (even though analytically only 13.5%) alcohol. Some terroirists (like myself) might anticipate a cooling and dynamic influence from the active lime in this vineyard's soil, but it isn't forthcoming. My explanation is that the tendency toward slight shriveling of berries in this site - also, of course, arguably a terroir factor - counteracts any such chalk influence, as well as resulting in a diminished sense of juiciness. All in all, this rich, rather static wine is likely to appeal most before 2017.

David Schildknecht, April 2014