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The wines of Rudi Pichler, Wachau, Austria

Austrian wines are on a bit of a roll at the moment. Wine geeks in the USA and UK are waking up to just how good Riesling and Grüner Veltliner from the three neighbouring regions of Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal can be.

Rudi Pichler isn’t yet one of the elite names on the Austrian scene (the more famous Pichler is FX Pichler), but his wines are increasingly impressive. This line-up of 2002s is of very high quality. They’re available from Gauntley in the UK (4 High Street, Exchange Arcade, Nottingham NG1 2ET, tel: 0115 911 0555, www.gauntleywine.com), whose prices per case in bond are quoted.  

Rudi Pichler Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Wachauer 2002
Elegant with some smoky spicy notes on the nose and good depth and texture on the palate. Quite savoury. Very good+ 88/100 (£75 per case in bond, Gauntley)

Rudi Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Terrassen 2002
Herby with a delicate pepperiness to the nose. Quite expressive. The palate is full
flavoured and richly textured with a distinctly peppery finish. Very good/excellent 90/100 (£113.50)

Rudi Pichler Riesling Federspiel Wachauer 2002
Lemony, fragrant nose which is flowery and elegant. Nicely weighted palate with good acid and texture. Delicious with a dry finish. Very good+ 89/100 (£96.50)

Rudi Pichler Riesling Smaragd Terrassen 2002
Expressive, fragrant, aromatic nose. The palate shows a nice weight and good concentration with some limey fruit. Rich, savoury and dry. An elegant wine. Very good/excellent 91/100 (£141)

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