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Grüner Veltliner is the signature grape of Austria and produces a dry white wine with savory aromas, spicy flavors, and good acidity. Grüner Veltliner Federspiel from the Wachau is a medium-weight wine and is fresh in style with notes of green apple, lemon, radish, and arugula.
Very aromatic with a ton of freshly chopped herbs, lemon grass, white pepper and melon. Excellent balance of moderate body, lively acidity and minty freshness. Drink or hold. (9/2021)
Bottled at the end of April this year, Rudi Pichler’s 2020 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel is pretty reductive on the pure nose that, for now, is everything but charming. Light and fresh on the palate, with fine grip and juicy fruit, this is a classic Federspiel bottled with 12% alcohol. It has good length and fine bitters but needs some months to open up. Tasted in June 2021. "2020 was finally a normal, classic vintage again," says Rudi Pichler. "It wasn't too warm, and we were not that early with the harvest." The hailstorm in later August had an impact only on the Federspiel vineyards of Wösendorf, which lost 65% of the normal crop. Intuitively, Pichler, who has been assisted by his son Rudi Junior and his daughter Theresa for a couple of years, reduced potential yields already with the winter pruning that, in the end, brought fully ripe and intense grapes, also in terms of acidity. Extract levels were pretty high for both Smaragd and Federspiel qualities. As always, Rudi applies a long maceration for all of his wines, which is between three and 12 hours for Federspiel, six to 16 hours for Smaragd and 12 to 24 hours for the top Smaragds from the single-vineyard sites. The Achleithen is even allowed to macerate for 36 hours. The fermentation starts spontaneously, but the aging on the lees is rather short and the bottling early. This gives the wines a pretty challenging character when young, but they usually reward our patience, even if that's hard to imagine with the 2020s. (12/2021)
Grüner Veltliner’s bright acidity and savory character make it an ideal partner to mildly spiced Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese flavors. Fish and shellfish are accented by Grüner Veltliner’s citrus and mineral profile while its acidity cuts the richness of pork or ham. It can also work well with foods that are difficult to pair such as bitter greens and asparagus.
Rudi Pichler is among the elite growers of the Wachau producing wines of precision, power, and longevity. Grüner Veltliner and Riesling make up 95% of the production with the remaining 5% shared between Weißburgunder and Roter Veltliner. Rudi Pichler belongs to the prestigious Vinea Wachau and vinifies under the strict parameters of their codex.
Weingut Rudi Pichler consists of 37 acres spread between Wösendorf, Joching, and Weißenkirchen where south-facing terraces look down at the Danube River. Yields are kept low between 30 and 35 hectoliters per hectare with botrytis carefully removed by hand. Grapes are crushed by foot and receive between three and 36 hours of maceration on the skins. Vinification is entirely in stainless-steel tanks and malolactic fermentation is avoided.
Grüner Veltliner Federspiel comes from vineyards on the valley floor, hillsides, and upper terraces. The term Federspiel is used by members of the Vinea Wachau indicating a dry wine between 11.5 and 12.5% alcohol.
LouElla is Downtown Durham's neighborhood bottle shop, bar, and event space offering curated wine, craft beer, and fortified selections from family operated producers. The business takes its name and mission from owner and proprietor Campbell Davis's Great Aunt LouElla who was much beloved for her warmth, hospitality, and generous spirit. Whether we are serving you at the bar or helping you pick that perfect bottle to host your celebration, our mission is to share LouElla's hospitality with the community.
Owner & Manager
For Cam Davis, LouElla is the culmination of more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and beverage industry. Cam has successfully managed some of Durham’s finest locally and nationally recognized establishments, including Hutchin's Garage, Guglhupf, Rue Cler, and Durham Catering Company. He brings a wealth of wine and beverage knowledge, not only from his extensive restaurant experience, but also from his tenure as Durham Sales Manager for wine distributor Bordeaux, Fine and Rare.
316 West Geer St, Suite A, Durham, NC 27701
Tue. - Thu. 11am - 9pm
Fri. & Sat. 11am - 10pm
Sun. 11am - 8pm