Hans Herzog Estate - Marlborough Gruner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner 2015

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Indulge in this beautiful library release of our rich but dry ‘GV’, a match made in heaven for your Christmas table. Reminiscent of the iconic ‘Smaragd’ (Emerald), the highest classification from its native home the Wachau in Austria. A haunting, vibrant elixir, intense, and pure with amazing complexity that lingers on the palate. Handpicked in several stages of ripeness, this labour-intensive wine embodies a truly noble essence that is destined to last the ages. However, during the festive season, it might not last long, given its undeniable appeal and exceptional quality. 

Vintage 2015+

A perfect growing season intensified the flavours for this truly noble Austrian grape variety. We handpicked the grapes in several stages, including a late harvest quality for an opulent, concentrated wine.

Hans' Comment+

Such purity in the fruit allowed for an extended cold maceration to extract the wonderful flavours. After gentle pressing the must was transferred into an 500 lt French oak puncheon for a true natural wild yeast fermentation. The wine was then left on the lees with regular stirring to provide silkiness, complexity and depth and had time to mature over 15 months before we bottled this nectar. This wine is not cold stabilized and is unfined with only light filtration to retain the beautiful aromas with a low sulphur addition. Natural sediments may show but do not impact on the high quality of this natural wine.

Tasting Notes +

This rich but dry ‘GV’ is reminiscent of the iconic “Smaragd” (English: Emerald), the best of the best and highest classification from the native Wachau. A haunting wine, complex and concentrated with an amazingly fresh vibrancy. Flavours of rock melon and quince are complemented by honeyed aromas and spicy undertones. Hints of fresh ginger and a finely balanced mineral backbone make it a contender for ageing.

Technical Data+
Variety     100% Grüner Veltliner 
Rootstock 3309
Vines Planted
Soil Shallow (<45cm) stony soil, well drained, developed from stony Alluvium. Not one row shows the same soil type. Sand and gravel is broken up by clay-sand layers.
Planting Density 6000 vines/ha
Yield 2/ha
Alcohol 14%
Residual Sugar <1g/L
Bottles Produced 1,000
Ageing Potential 10 years
Bottles Produced 1,092


Food Matching Suggestions+

Known for its exceptional versatility, this wine harmonizes seamlessly with an array of festive dishes, making it an exquisite addition to your celebratory feast. I particularly enjoy savouring our GV while preparing my flavourful Thai fish curry, and undoubtedly, I'll find myself sampling it plenty during the cooking process.

Industry Reviews+

The Real Review – 95 points

Possibly the most concentrated grüner veltliner I've tasted and also one of the most complex. Fermented in 500-litre puncheons and aged on the lees for 15 months. A rich, mouth-filling wine with toast, brioche, honey, white pepper and citrus flavours. Impressive.” Bob Campbell