F.X. Pichler

Wachau, wachau Austria

F.X. Pichler is located in Wachau, a region so remarkably beautiful it has earned a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The Pichler family have been farmers in the region for five generations. Franz Xaver (F.X.) built a winery in 1971, and his son Lucas makes the wines today.

Lucas’ grandfather began with three hectares of land, which has now grown to 22 hectares. 70% of their wines are classed as Smaragd, the highest quality in the codex created by a select group of producers, the Vinea Wachau, while 30% are classed as Federspiel. The climate in the Wachau is influenced by several sources: the moderating Danube River; cold air from the forests in Waldviertel and Dunkelsteiner; and warm air from the Pannonian basin.

The steeply terraced Liebenberg (meaning love mountain) vineyard is only planted with Grüner Veltliner, up to 65 years old. The wine is complex and layered with spice and savouriness on the finish. The Burgstall site gets sun all day but is also windy, which results in slower ripening. The Burgstall Riesling’s nose is pure with hints of lime and peach kernel and the palate is racy but rich. The Steinertal Riesling displays white pepper and white peach with a hint of dried herbs. It has bracing acidity and is elegant in style. The Kellerberg is arguably the best single vineyard in Wachau, benefiting from south-east exposure and high diurnal temperature differences. Here the grapes develop exotic aromas such as mango, passion fruit and honey that funnels seamlessly into a steely and crisp palate. The ‘M’, meaning Monumental, is one of their flagship wines, harvested later, from the best plots in the best years. The Loibenberg, one of Wachau's largest single vineyards, is planted on austere primitive-rock with a warm and sunny southerly exposure. The Riesling is opulent and intense with ripe peach and apricot notes. ‘Unendlich’, meaning never-ending, is their longest-lived wine, from the oldest vines in the best vineyards. Its intensity and power allow it to age endlessly and provide a long and complex finish.

 

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