Weingut Högl, Ried Schön, Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, Wachau, Austria 2018

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Long, harmonious single vineyard (Ried) Grüner from the Wachau, rich and full bodied on the palate

Son Georg Högl, father Josef Högl and grandfather Högl, work together on the steep terraced hillsides of Danube River to create outstanding, mineral white wines from the highest and coolest sites in the Wachau. Focusing on Gruner Veltliner in the selected area of Schon and Riesling in the area of Bruck, their style of winemaking is clean and precise. Having won the Federspiel cup for their 2017 Gruner Veltliner, the equivalent of the World Cup in Austria, the 3 generations of Högl are paving the way for Wachau. Wine making techniques including skin contact, warm ferments and minimal intervention breathe life into these noble grape varieties.

From incredibly old an steep vineyards where nearly all the work is carried out by hand and the soils are very poor and rich in slate. A cool climate vineyard.

Picking in the middle of october, before botrytis sets in, a short skin contact after destemming of 2 to 4 hours, fermentation controlled to 19° or more with cultured yeast in stainless steel.

Tasting Note: Wild herbs on the nose, fresh yellow apple and mineral like notes with just a hint of tobacco. Fresh and nicely balanced acidity.

Critics: 16.5/20 Jancis Robinson, Decanter Highly Recommended 91/100 (Aug 2019)

Grüner Veltliner (100%)