Hahndorf Hill Winery
We’re getting ready to release the new vintage Gruner Veltliner wines at Hahndorf Hill, so to sharpen our palates we put together a tasting of 12 excellent examples of Gruner Veltliner wines from Austria (Wachau, Kamptal and Kremstal), from Australia (Adelaide Hills) and from New Zealand (Marlborough).
The 16th August produced a beautiful evening with the chilly winter air kept at bay by the wood fire and the warm company that included all the Hahndorf Hill team members and the wine making team from Lodestone Winery, under the helm of Michael Sykes.
Below is a summary of the tasting:
2013 Handcrafted by Geoff Hardy Gruner Veltliner – Adelaide Hills
2014 Hahndorf Hill GRU Gruner Veltliner – Adelaide Hills
2014 Hahndorf Hill White Mischief Gruner Veltliner – Adelaide Hills
2013 Hahndorf Hill GRU Gruner Veltliner -Adelaide Hills
2013 Pike & Joyce Gruner Veltliner – Adelaide Hills
2013 Hahndorf Hill GRU 2 Gruner Veltliner -Adelaide Hills
2012 Tinpot Hut Gruner Veltliner – Marlborough
2012 Hahndorf Hill GRU Gruner Veltliner -Adelaide Hills
2011 Knoll Loibner Gruner Veltliner (Federspiel) – Wachau
2008 Loimer Gruner Veltliner – Kamptal
2008 Salomon Von Stein Gruner Veltliner Reserve – Kremstal
2007 Loimer Langenlois Spiegel – Kamptal
It was great to see all the New World examples comfortably rubbing shoulders with the Austrian versions and particularly exciting to see how well the aged versions had developed. This age-ability of Gruner is something that the wine authorities in Austria take great pains in marketing to the world and I can fully appreciate why!
Can’t wait to have an ‘aged’ Hahndorf Hill Gruner – and given that 2015 will be our sixth vintage of this exciting variety, we should be rewarded soon!
To register for pre-release allocations of our 2014 GRU Gruner Veltliner and for further Gruner information – please go to http://bit.ly/XUJJct