Pungent peach and apricot nose which is so inviting. Firm, dry palate with honey and ripe stone fruit. Viognier like in its texture. Soft acid as a consequence of so much richness. Full bodied style that provides another expression of this grape variety. In my books it’s a smaragd style and so the richest expression and that is fitting for this outstanding wine. 100% wild-fermented in neutral large foudres and old French barriques. The wine is then aged on the lees, in the barrels, for 11 months prior to bottling. Worth every penny.
Hahndorf Hill Reserve Gruner Veltliner 2019, Adelaide Hills, SA
Outstanding (Score range 95-100)
Often an internationally recognised, leading brand or winery – but not always! Produces a classic wine that is a faultless representation of the style/variety. Complexity on the nose and a seamless palate are an example of the hallmarks of an outstanding wine.
Highly Recommended (Score range 92-94)
A quality focused wine that has plenty of style. Length of palate and intensity are often key characteristics of highly recommended wines. These producers could be the ones to watch in the future.
Recommended (Score range 89-91)
An above average well-made, reflection of the style/variety, which often represents good value for money.