Skip to main content

Buy any 6 Bottles and get Free Ground Shipping

Rudi Pichler Riesling Smaragd Terrassen 2020  - First Bottle


95 James Suckling -
The fragrant orange, Mediterranean-herb and sweet-floral nose reels you into the web of this fascinating beauty. With aeration, a note emerges that reminds me of dripping leaves after a summer thunderstorm. On the generous and precisely contoured palate, the tannins build gently to the impressive, mineral finish. Drink or hold.

Technical Details

  • BlendRiesling
  • CountryAustria
  • RegionNiederosterreich
  • AppellationWachau
  • Farming MethodVegan
  • Aging/Cooperage7 months aging stainless steel tanks
  • Residual Sugar1.4 g/L
  • Alcohol13%
  • PH3.3
  • TA7.4 g/Lg/100mLs

Rudi Pichler Riesling Smaragd Terrassen 2020

Riesling  |  Austria

Act Fast, Only 47 Left!

About the Producer

Rudi Pichler is one of the elite producers in the Wachau region of Austria. The production of his wines is 65% Gruner Veltliner and 30% Riesling with the remaining 5% shared between Weissburgunder and Roter Veltliner. The word Achleithen comes from "ach: meaning water path and "leiten" referring to the slope. This is one of the most famous vineyards in the Wachau with gneiss and rocky soils which gives the wines a distinct mineral flavor. Rudi states “I’m a wine caretaker not a winemaker,” placing most of the work is done in the vineyards and at the foundation of his philosophy. His style is to keep yields low between 30-35 hectoliters per hectare, botrytis is carefully removed by hand, grapes are crushed by foot and depending on the style and vintage, receive 3-36 hours of maceration. The vinification is done entirely in stainless-steel tanks and malolactic fermentation is avoided. The resulting wines are pure, bright and age worthy. Terrassen indicates a cuvee made from multiple terraced sites. Smaragd is a term used by Vinea Wachau (governing wine body) indicating a dry wine with a minimum abv of 12.5%.