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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Hahndorf Hill Grüner Veltliner 2012

The numbers: the third vintage of Gruner Veltliner, for Adelaide Hills pioneer of the variety, Hahndorf Hill. The second that I have had the pleasure of tasting, and currently one of only four produced in Australia (along with Lark Hill, K1by the Hardys and Stoney Rise).

Apple, tart pear, celery and some rooty form by way of parsnip.  Hints of citrus softening up the aromatics.  Lovely zesty tones on the palate, supported by mineral and acid.  Flecks of white pepper dotted about spice things up, presenting roasted root veggie notes too.  Drinks better on day 2 for my liking, showing well into day 3  - indicative of some cellarability.  

The wine finishes with good peppery length and mineral nuances dancing around the tongue.  Great example, showing further promise for the variety in the region and further cementing the claims of Larry Jacobs and Marc Dobson as skilled craftsmen of the variety.  93 - Very Good 

Tasted on: Monday 1st October, a Leaf Day
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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  1. Tasted and reviewed a few Grooner's this past summer. A very versatile white and a favorite of mine with sauerkraut or stuffed cabbage. Searched a long time to find a pairing for them two.

    1. Hello Joe, Thanks so much for swinging by. Grüner is a variety rapidly becoming one of my favourites. So versatile as you say.

      I'm often inclined to think of it as a great pairing for a creamy spiced parsnip soup - just purely because of the inherent spiced rooty nature of the wine. Sauerkraut a very good option given it's Austrian heritage.