Franz Hirtzberger "Honivogl" Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wachau 2016
Franz Hirtzberger produces some of the best grüner veltliner in Austria. The meticulous harvest each year involves four or five separate passes through the vineyards so that each cluster of grapes is only picked when at optimal ripeness, including some botrytis. The wines are made in a rich, but dry style.
The Honivogl vineyard features some of the oldest vines (50yo on average) as well as a South-facing aspect for added ripeness. The soils are also rich in crystalline gneiss, balancing the richness of the fruit with intense minerality.
With big fruit, clean structure, and a touch of spice, this wine will be great on a holiday table. If you've never given grüner veltliner a try, this one is benchmark example and a world-class white wine.