Monday, January 29, 2007

2005 Hopler Gruner Veltliner

While Austrian Grüner Veltliner is not exactly a curiousity, I still find it is rather uncommon in North America despite the positive media coverage. The local liquor monopoly usually has some selections, but I bought the Hopler through the Opimian Society (a wine buying club) a few years ago and it has now become a "staple" in my cellar.

The 2005 Höpler Grüner Veltliner is a fine example of this grape. A lovely, fresh nose with floral and green apple scents, some banana. On the palate it was light and dry, with fresh citrus flavours. Very well balanced, this wine is a perfect aperitif or a great match for shellfish. Highly recommended.
Score 16.5/20
Price C$21 (Opimian)

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