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Pichler-Krutzler Riesling Rothenberg 2016

Pichler-Krutzler Riesling Rothenberg 2016

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"The 2016 Loibner Riesling Ried Rothenberg is from a sub-vineyard of the Loibenberg that is the most exposed and stoniest plot of the cru. The wine displays great purity, flintiness and precise stone fruit aromas. On the palate, this is a highly finessed and silky textured but concentrated Riesling with very fine tannins, a lot of salt, delicate grip and 17 grams of residual sugar. Very long, this wine is carried by very fine tannins, a perfectly ripe peach flavor and lingering salinity. Bottled in June 2017. Tasted in July. Drink: 2017-2046. 95+ points

Elisabeth Pichler and Erich Krutzler from Pichler-Krutzler in Oberloiben, Dürnstein/Wachau offer an outstanding series of 2016s! They are among the best wines I have ever tasted from this young domaine. Installed in 2006, Pichler-Krutzler cultivates a total of 11.5 hectares (starting this year, all organic) in some of the most prestigious single vineyards of the Wachau and the Kremstal.

"2016 was a very good vintage and in terms of quantity we had better than average yields," says Erich. "We had no frost, no hail and we harvested from the end of September until early November." All the top wines are pressed as whole bunches to get leaner and more vertical wines. The resulting wines are beautifully precise, elegant and more terroir-driven than fruit-driven. Picked rather early compared to most of their peers, these are full-bodied, elegant and enormously salty Rieslings and Veltliners that possess great intensity, finesse and tension. Highlights next to the Kellerberg and Loibenberg crus include the Rothenberg (a sub-vineyard of their Loibenberg) and the Pfaffenberg Rieslings, the latter from 60+-year-old vines that comes along with a gorgeous sweetness of 17 grams. Readers shouldn't miss checking out this fabulous series!

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (232)