Wolfgang Bäuerl "Ried Pichl Point" Federspiel Grüner Veltliner 2017
Grüner Veltliner｜Wachau, Austria
Devoted fans know that sommeliers consider Grüner Veltliner to be a secret weapon. The Grüners from the Wachau region of Austria in particular are some of the most esteemed and fine examples one can find anywhere in the world.
Only eight winemaking estates have access to this "Pichl Point" vineyard, Weingut Bäuerl among them, creating a full-bodied, tropical, vibrant Grüner.
With quite an opulent bouquet of guava, white peach and mint, one immediately gets the fullness and care that went into it. The palate follows through, rich and luxurious, with passionfruit, lemon custard, and that textbook Grüner acid, with an almost Szechuan-pepper, quivering acid finish.
The Pichl Point vineyard is small and unique, comprised of Aeolian loess oils (fine sandy soils named for Aeolus, the Greek god of wind) deposited from ancient glaciers over 14,000 years ago. Bavarian monks planted this vineyard in the Middle Ages, referencing the quality of its wines.
The wines of the Wachau are classified according to the quality of the grapes grown; "Federspiel" on the label here references the ripeness and quality of the grapes. Bäuerl's fantastic Federspiel is just an absolute textbook example of the richness, power, and almost saline mineral finish that exemplifies the best of them.
You can throw nearly anything at a wine like this with stunning results, from shrimp and pork dumplings with xo sauce, to herb-roasted chicken, Thai spring rolls, to cacio e pepe Roman style pasta. Cheers!