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2012 Rudi Pichler Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Kollmutz
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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , July 2013

Seductive aromas of yellow apple and mango mingle with white pepper. Full-bodied yet firm, with a subtle crispness, this wine leaves a graceful impression on the palate in spite of its depth. With exotic mango, papaya and savory dill elements rising at the back, it finishes complex and long. Although the Kollm├╝tz is generally the most powerful and structured of the single-vineyard veltliners, this has a subtle elegance.

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