F.X. Pichler M Smaragd Gruner Veltliner 2016
"M" stands for "monumental" and serves to signify Pichler's Grüner Veltliner Smaragd exceptional complexity and concentration. The first gruner to be awarded this honor, because it presented itself like a landmark, or simply a monument, was one of the 1991 vintage. The grapes for "M" are usually harvested two to three weeks after the fruit for the vineyard-designated wines. Depending on the vintage and growing season, the major portion of "M" is usually sourced from Loibnerberg terraces and a selection of the best fruit from several premium sites. "M" is always a mystical wine, exhibiting opulence and concise minerality.
97 points James Suckling: Enormously concentrated and seriously creamy this is a monumental wine (for which the M stands), but has great balance, too. The finish is extremely clean and long. Better from 2018 with enormous ageing potential.
95 points Wine Enthusiast: This leads with a ripe, tropical whiff of pineapple that's subsumed into a more savory notion of celery-salt and miso. The concentrated palate similarly juxtaposes salty miso with bright lemon notes. In the end, the saltiness triumphs and leaves you wanting more. A compact but very concentrated wine that's full of flavor and has a lip-smacking finish.