2020 Hahndorf Hill White Mischief Gruner Veltliner - Last Stocks
Brilliant very pale straw colour with a subtle greenish tint around the outskirts and a watery hue. Bursting out of the glass are intense aromatics of ripe pears, red apple, lime, a delicate stony character and notions of fresh herbs. Juicy pear, ripe apple and light mango fruits are delivered with terrific intensity and backed by crisp mouth watering acidity. Elements of lime, subtle fresh herb infusions and stony mineral characters ensue. There’s a lovely roundness to the textural feel and the finish is long and scrumptious.
Small bunches started the ball rolling for a wine with an excellent mouthfeel and a faint white pepper varietal marker. The length and drive on the finish give the wine serious gravitas. Attention to vinification detail is its own reward. Drink by 2023.
James Halliday – Top 100 wines 2020