Wednesday, September 22, 2010


- Adelaide Hills, SA
- $28
- Screwcap
- 12.0%alc

Grüner veltliner is an Austrian variety presently taking the fine wine drinking world by storm. Some of grüner veltliner's classic attributes are; an ability to produce a diverse range of styles, from lean to bold; as well as its distinctive peppery tones. Hahndorf Hill's Marc Dobson and Larry Jacobs have acted quickly on this emerging trend, by being among first in Australia to release this increasingly popular style.

The first thing you'll notice about HHW's inaugural Gru is its clarity of colour, which foretells an equally clean fragrance of white pears and apple juice with an uplifting whiff of white flower. Fittingly, its medium-bodied palate is all about purity, mineral drive and refreshingly soft acidity; as these key components highlight, lengthen and refresh its gris-like crunchy apple and nashi pear flavours to generate a relatively uncomplicated white that's balanced to perfection. The most pleasing factor here is the consummate ease at which it flows down the palate, so don't expect to stop at just one glass (or bottle even!).

ü Hahndorf Hill's first grüner is a spotlessly clean effort made beautifully from young vine material. It's a real crowd pleaser; a summertime light lunch special. Drink to 2012.
90 points


  1. Looks very interesting CP. Will have to hunt some down for a closer look.

  2. Well worth the hunt Tim. From what I understand the winery's allocation has already disappeared, but a good portion of the bottles would've ended up in east coast restaurants/cafes, where the wine would drink even better with food in my opinion. It's kind of a 'Solo' wine you know; slams down fast....

    Chris P

  3. Chris, have you had a look at the Lark Hill gruner? Australia's first, and worth touching Chris Carpenter up for a bottle.

  4. Paul,

    I was aware that Lark Hill make a gruner but I certainly haven't had it. Lark Hill wines (or anything from Canberra really) are seldom seen in Adelaide. A shame really, as I for one certainly believe that Canberra is clearly one of Australia's most promising wine regions, and judging by some of the riesling I've had from there, it wouldn't surprise me to see some good gruner as well!

    Maybe I'll have to investigate further...

    Cheers for the tip Paul,
    Chris P