2018 Schon Gruner Veltliner 'Smaragd', Weingut Hogl, Wachau, Austria
Son Georg Högl, father Josef Högl and grandfather Högl, work together on the steep terraced hillsides of Danube River to create outstanding, mineral white wines from the highest and coolest sites in the Wachau.
Focusing on Gruner Veltliner in the selected area of Schon and Riesling in the area of Bruck, their style of winemaking is clean and precise. Having won the Federspiel cup for their 2017 Gruner Veltliner, the equivalent of the World Cup in Austria, the 3 generations of Högl are paving the way for Wachau. Wine making techniques including skin contact, warm ferments and minimal intervention breathe life into these noble grape varieties.
Intense, complex fruit expression, quinces, papaya, lemon, leafy touch, powerful wine, balanced structure and a long savoury finish.