Rudi Pichler, Federspiel, Wachauer Gruner Veltliner, Wachau (qualitatswein), Niederösterreich, Austria, 2004
This wine: lot No. none visible, varietal gruner veltliner, coated natural cork closure (stained to 60% length), 12% abv, Gauntleys, £5.95, bin end (04/18)
Consumer tasting note: golden hued, with aromas of lime pith edged with honey and nuts, stewed cooking apple and yellow citrus; medium-full bodied, smooth, with flavours of honeyed lime pith, stewed cooking apple and hazelnut. Finishes medium, Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of lime pith with a honeyed edge, spicy, stewed cooking apple, grapefruit flesh, lemon juice, a hint of richer but unripe stone fruit, deeper honeyed and then nutty hints, and finally a suggestion of fennel.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium intensity, with a velvety texture (and added body, from lees ageing), with flavours of honey, lime pith, stewed cooking apple, almond oil, hint of hazelnut on the end. A sound medium length, with a clean limy-citrus edged with honey finish, and a low-key grip from extended maceration on the skins.
Quality: good, fresh acidity balances the alcohol perfectly, altogether harmonious; strong intensity on the nose, less so in mid-palate, and modest concentration-wise, still, shows an interesting moderate well-developed complexity, with tertiary notes of nuts and honey. A sound medium length. A bit more length would have made this very good.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further aging – well-developed (hue and tertiary notes) and balanced, with a sound acid structure, but concentration and indicative length are wanting, but in any event will still hold for say 2-3 years.