Hahndorf Hill GRU Gruner Veltliner 2016

"97 Points...It has electric vibrancy and drive, capturing your senses without warning" James Halliday

Six clones, handpicked at various baumes, each batch treated differently, some cool, some warm-fermented in stainless steel, 30% wild-fermented in old barriques with extended lees contact. The exceptionally complex vinification puts most winemakers of chardonnay to shame. It has electric vibrancy and drive, capturing your senses without warning. Its combination of delicacy, attention to detail and intensity is amazing. Gold medal Adelaide Wine Show '16. Drink By: 2026; Price: $28.00; Alcohol: 12%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; Wine Companion

93 points. “Employs a variety of different picking dates, fermentation vessels, temperatures and yeasts. The kitchen sink. Numbers: TA 6.3g/L, pH 3.19, RS 2.1g/L. Water clear. This has cool ferment aromatics and some great varietal intensity, but with weight too. Green apple and celery Gruner character aplenty. Dry, crisp and tangy apple juice laden palate with superb acidity – this has a real tang to it! Long too. Such a pure wine, and has excellent acidity this year. Very good, with layers of flavour to have you coming back for more. Would I buy it? Yes.”Andrew Graham (Oz Wine Review)

It’s treated in many and varied ways in both the vineyard and winery, with various clones employed and divergent picking times. It sees stainless steel, old oak, inoculation, wild fermentation, cool (ferment) temperatures and warm. You name it. No amount of fuss is too much. It’s more textural than crisp, though it still feels cleansing and/or refreshing. It feels seamless, svelte, inherently complex but not in a try-hard way. It’s flinty, peppery, savoury and then fruity. It sits in the glass and broods, at first, but then slowly unfolds. It has a rocky, quartz-like minerality. An earthen quality too. You have to slow down to appreciate it; it’s not really a wine of fireworks. But the quality is very high. Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $28; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2017 - 2022; Rated: 94 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front