F.X. Pichler joins our Austrian portfolio

28 October 2016

F.X. Pichler joins our Austrian portfolio

We have extended our Austrian portfolio into Wachau with the addition of F.X. Pichler...

The Pichler estate was founded in Oberloiben in 1898 and has developed a reputation as a Grüner specialist since Franz Pichler Snr began selecting his own clones in 1928. Franz Xaver (F.X.) took over the reins in 1971 and his meticulous approach earned him plaudits on both the domestic and international stage. His son Lucas joined the winery team in 1996, taking over the winemaking in 1999, and then control of the whole estate (including the newly opened winery) in 2009.

Today, Lucas Pichler owns 22 hectares of vineyards, of which 45% are planted on steep terraces and worked entirely by hand. Lucas is focused firmly on making authentic wines that reflect the nuances of variety, soil, aspect and microclimate within each vineyard plot, with minimal intervention in the winery. Seventy percent of his production is classed as Smaragd - the highest of the three quality categories set by the Vinea Wachau group of producers.

David Gleave MW, managing director of Liberty Wines,says: “We are delighted to add one of Austria’s top producers – and our first from Wachau - to our portfolio. Lucas Pichler’s single vineyard wines are a masterclass in site expression and complement our existing producers, Loimer in the Kamptal, Wieninger of Vienna, and Heinrich from Neusiedlersee in Burgenland.”

The F.X. Pichler wines available through Liberty Wines are:

F.X. Pichler Loibner Burgstall Riesling Smaragd 2015                                 
The Burgstall Riesling, usually a Federspiel, is a Smaragd in 2015, reaching just over 12.5% ABV. This site gets sun all day but is also windy, which results in slower ripening. The nose is pure with hints of lime and peach kernel and the palate is racy but rich.

F.X. Pichler Loibner Loibenberg Riesling Smaragd 2013
Loibnerberg is one of the steepest and most austere primitive-rock sites in Loiben, fully exposed to the south, and warm and sunny. The wine is opulent, intense and long-lived, with a peach and apricot fruit character.

F.X. Pichler Loibner Steinertal Riesling Smaragd 2015
The Steinertal Riesling displays white pepper and white peach with a hint of dried herbs. It has bracing acidity and is elegant in style.

F.X. Pichler Dürnsteiner Liebenberg Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2015
The steeply terraced Liebenberg (meaning love mountain) vineyard is only planted with Grüner Veltliner, up to 65 years old. The wine is complex and layered with spice and savouriness on the finish.

F.X. Pichler ‘M’ Riesling Reserve 2015
F.X. Pichler ‘M’ Riesling Reserve 2013
The M, meaning Monumental, is F.X. Pichler’s flagship wine, harvested later, from the best plots in the best years. The Riesling is usually a blend from Loibenberg and Kellerberg. It is their richest style, off-dry, with ripe yellow peach and a voluptuous palate framed by a short time in barrel.

F.X. Pichler Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd 2014
The Kellerberg is arguably the best single vineyard in Wachau, benefiting from south east exposure and high diurnal temperature differences. Here the grapes develop exotic aromas such as mango, passion fruit and honey that funnels seamlessly into a steely and crisp palate.