Grüner Veltliner 2016
Weinviertel, Austria, $16.99
The Hofer family farms vineyards in Auersthal, a dead-still little wine village in the Weinviertel, just barely beyond Vienna’s northern suburbs. The gently rolling hills in in this village are made up of deep loess soils and are planted predominantly to grüner veltliner, in addition to some zweigelt and riesling. There was a time when only a small amount of wine was produced at the farm of Hermann Hofer’s parents, but the quality was worthy enough to motivate Hermann to increase production and begin making top- quality wine. Hofer has been making wine since the early 1980s and has been certified organic since 2001.
This 2016 is bottled under a convenient crown cap (no fancy tools needed) and it’s a liter, you get an extra glass. It offers up a creamy, rounded note hits the nose first, followed by aromas of green apple and pear. The palate presents lemony freshness that makes this an easy, dry and refreshing white with a lovely green-apple finish.