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

Regular price £44.99

Complex and age-worthy single vineyard (Ried) Grüner from the Wachau, assertive with fine concentration

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 at the end of October with around 5 to 10% of botrytis, with a short skin contact of 12 to 18 hours after destemming, fermentation is kept to at least 19° C with cultured yeast in stainless steels

Tasting Note: Intense, complex fruit expression, quinces, papaya, lemon, leafy touch, powerful wine, balanced structure and a long savoury finish.

Critics: Decanter Highly Recommended 92/100 (Aug 2019)

Grüner Veltliner (100%)