2016 F. X. Pichler Riesling Ried Burgstall Federspiel (bone dry)
The Riesling Federspiel Ried Burgstall is not the lean, slightly coarse, but easily quaffable Riesling of the Vienna café, rather Pichler’s are wines noted for their great finesse and presence, with their persistent acidity framing a round, almost creamy texture. A reliable Wiener Schnitzel recipe will make this uniquely Austrian combination of wine and food an epiphanic experience, but should you decide that der Schnitzel is not your thing, complex fish dishes, whole roasted birds and roasted pork shoulder would also work nearly as well. And please be sure to keep some bottles for the cellar. Ten or fifteen years is not unheard of for a great FX Riesling like this and, make no mistake about it, this is a great one!
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: The 2017 Ried Burgstall Riesling Federspiel is from a windy plateau with sandy gneiss soils. Crunchy and mineral on the nose! The highly aromatic nose is super clear and fresh, and the palate is crisp and crunchy with highly stimulating fruit, mineral freshness and grip. Gorgeous! Tasted in Oberloiben/Wachau, September 2018. 93 points