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Pichler-Krutzler Klostersatz Gruner Veltliner 2012 (Wachau, Austria) - [RP 90]
Pichler-Krutzler Klostersatz Gruner Veltliner 2012 (Wachau, Austria) - [RP 90]

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Winery: Pichler-Krutzler
Varietal: 100% Gruner Veltliner
Region: Wachau, Austria
Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750 ml


Press / Wine Critic's Reviews
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About the Wine:

Producer: Pichler-Krutzler
Vintage: 2012
Country: Austria
Region: Wachau
Appellation/Vineyard: Klostersatz
Type: Still White
Farming Type: Organic
Alcohol %: 12.50
Cepage: 100% Gruner Veltliner

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The sense of stuffing conveyed in the corresponding Frauenweingarten bottling is enhanced in Pichler and Krutzler’s 2012 Gruner Veltliner Klostersatz – which was raised in cask with longer lees-contact – by silken texture and deceased yeast nuances. Stony, cyanic, and mouthwateringly saline notes invigoratingly and intriguingly inflect a matrix of peach, grapefruit and green bean, leading to an exuberant and refreshing finish. Here yet one more demonstration – of which F. X. Pichler’s Riesling from the adjacent Oberhauser offers the consistently most striking – that a nearly-flat, gravelly site can by dint of superior drainage or other factors play in the same Wachau league as wines from steep Urgestein sites. Plan to follow it through at least 2018.

Elisabeth Pichler and Erich Krutzler (for extended accounts of whose young estate consult my issue 181 and 197 reports) continue to hone their distinctive style as well as to freely and intuitively experiment, unencumbered by local habit or by the structure – however arguably useful – of the Vinea Wachau’s trio of wine categories. They carefully filter and critically consider any received opinions, even (or, dare I suggest, especially) those of Elisabeth’s famous father, F.X. (Tasting and trading observations and anecdotes with husbands and wives of both generations was among the highlights of my most recent Austrian travels.) Picking at this estate began already in late September, though Krutzler laughingly attributes that in part to his red-wine mentality which encompasses rigorous crop-dropping, in which he intends to be less aggressive in future. Erich Krutzler places emphasis on the relatively small berries and high skin-to-juice ratio of 2012 fruit in delivering energy, structure and sheer personality surpassing those exhibited in 2011, and he was not afraid to observe his norm of 24-30 hours’ pre-fermentative skin contact. Even as Pichler and Krutzler continue to build their vine surface via some extremely savvy and lucky site selections, their technical capabilities are being enhanced as well. New large casks are gradually being introduced, and beginning with vintage 2014, new equipment will permit movement of fruit as well as wine entirely by gravity and open-up a wider range of pressing options." - David Schildknecht (Apr 2014)

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