Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, Rudi Pichler
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Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, Rudi Pichler - 2021

Item # 33484 750mL

Federspiel wines are a particular category of wines based on ripeness. Consider these accessible wines to drink in the near future. This comes from Grüner Veltliner valley, hillside and high-elevation terraced vineyards. A white wine that is aromatic, dry and even spiced on the palate.

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Grüner veltliner is the most widely planted grape in Austria and has deservedly gained popularity in the U.S., mostly as a summer quaffer. But Grüner has much more to offer, as exhibited here. The term 'Federspiel' on the label (which translates to a type of falcon in the region) is a classification of ripeness. Thus this wine has a richness and complexity, but with a low alcohol content. Chaptalization (the addition of sugar to boost alcohol) is never permitted. Although perfectly suited to the warm months, this will pair perfectly with vegetable and white meat dishes throughout the year. This is a Grüner with aging potential. The apple, pear, apricot, and herbal notes will continue to evolve in complexity over time. So invest in a few bottles and see what this remarkable grape has to offer year to year.

- DY


Grüner Veltliner

Referred to by many Americans as "Gru-Ve," this white variety is nearly synonymous with Austrian wine. It's becoming wildly popular at the moment, especially compared to its obscure origins: it's known as the ultimate food wine for its great minerality and appealing freshness. The wines are consistent and eminently drinkable at the low end, and, on the premium side of things, full-bodied, long-lived, world-class whites.


Austrian wine is finally getting the attention it deserves. Ever since the late 1980s, Austrian winemaking has taken a much more rigorous approach to quality control, and returned to its roots in organic viticulture.Deservedly famous for its white wines (Grüner Veltliners especially), Austria makes a number of delicious red wines as well.The most widely grown red grape in Austria is Zweigelt (a.k.a. Blauer Zweigelt), which yields full-bodied wines, deep in color and featuring bold flavors of...

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