It is not often that one can talk about the greatest producer in a given country, and while there are many great wine-makers in Austria, none is more synonymous with great Austrian wine than F.X. Pichler, or as he is simply called, F.X. In fact so riveting is his reputation that one author on Austrian wine who was prompted to list the 100 greatest producers in Austria, in order of greatness, lists F.X. Pichler as #1. When one tastes the wines, you’ll see why they impress all. They are truly monumental dry white wines – each with a mouth-filling presence, finish and complexity that leaves one speechless. His Riesling Smaragd Loibnerberg is the quintessence of rich, exotic multi-layered Riesling. His Gruner Smaragd Kellerberg and Gruner “M” are the most rich and complex expression of this unique varietal one can attain.
The Ried Loibenberg is special site in the village of Loiben along the Danube River with steep washed out terraces with decomposed granitic sand and brown loess. As a Smaragd, the wine is lush and ripe in texture. The 2018 Ried Loibenberg Riesling Smaragd is clear, ripe and elegant on the nose, with ripe and lush apricot, mango and very fine flinty aromas. On the palate, this is a ripe, round and charming Riesling with a full body, rich extract and mouth-filling palate.