Hans Herzog Marlborough Gruner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner 2015

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This rich but dry ‘GV’ is reminiscent of the iconic ‘Smaragd’ (Emerald), the highest classification from the native Wachau in Austria. A haunting, vibrant elixir, intense, and pure with amazing complexity. Famous to match even the most challenging foods. Handpicked in several stages for a truly noble wine which will last the ages…

Vintage 2015+

Another amazing summer and fantastic ripening season intensified the purity and essence for this truly great “Austrian” grape variety. We handpicked the grapes in several stages, the very last close to a late harvest quality the basis 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 500 lt French oak puncheons where the wild yeast fermentation naturally started. 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 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
2007
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 3t/ha
Alcohol 14%
Residual Sugar <1g/L
Bottles Produced 1,000
Ageing Potential 10 years
Bottles Produced 1,092

 

Food Matching Suggestions+

Gruner Veltliner is an extremely versatile food wine because of its ability to pair with “difficult” foods such as asparagus and artichokes. It's appealing spicy quality pairs it very well with Asian Cusine. 

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