Weingut Pfaffl Gruner Veltliner Hommage 2012 750ml

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750ml
country
Austria
region
Weinviertel
WA
90
WA
90
Rated 90 by Wine Advocate
An inaugural bottling honoring Roman Pfaffl senior’s three decades of dedication to quality and to the reputation of his entire region, the 2012 Gruner Veltliner Homage – sourced with late-picking from four diverse parcels – received 18 hours of skin contact prior to spontaneous fermentation and elevage in Acacia barrels of mixed age. Glossy richness of texture is no doubt enhanced by the wood and manages to contrast quite harmoniously with tart rhubarb and crisply-fresh green bean, undertones of moss, alkali and wet stone serving to set-off the dynamic interplay of fruit, vegetable, and mineral elements as well as resin and bittersweet inner-mouth floral perfume. Bitter elements – notably apple pips and green walnut – are by no means avoided here, but they are stimulatingly integrated into an at once rich and refreshingly juicy whole. I would tentatively suggest planning to follow this through 2018.
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Weingut Pfaffl Gruner Veltliner Hommage 2012 750ml

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WA
90
WA
90
Rated 90 by Wine Advocate
An inaugural bottling honoring Roman Pfaffl senior’s three decades of dedication to quality and to the reputation of his entire region, the 2012 Gruner Veltliner Homage – sourced with late-picking from four diverse parcels – received 18 hours of skin contact prior to spontaneous fermentation and elevage in Acacia barrels of mixed age. Glossy richness of texture is no doubt enhanced by the wood and manages to contrast quite harmoniously with tart rhubarb and crisply-fresh green bean, undertones of moss, alkali and wet stone serving to set-off the dynamic interplay of fruit, vegetable, and mineral elements as well as resin and bittersweet inner-mouth floral perfume. Bitter elements – notably apple pips and green walnut – are by no means avoided here, but they are stimulatingly integrated into an at once rich and refreshingly juicy whole. I would tentatively suggest planning to follow this through 2018.
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size
750ml
country
Austria
region
Weinviertel
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Rated 90 - An inaugural bottling honoring Roman Pfaffl senior’s three decades of dedication to quality and to the reputation of his entire region, the 2012 Gruner Veltliner Homage – sourced with late-picking from four diverse parcels – received 18 hours of skin contact prior to spontaneous fermentation and elevage in Acacia barrels of mixed age. Glossy richness of texture is no doubt enhanced by the wood and manages to contrast quite harmoniously with tart rhubarb and crisply-fresh green bean, undertones of moss, alkali and wet stone serving to set-off the dynamic interplay of fruit, vegetable, and mineral elements as well as resin and bittersweet inner-mouth floral perfume. Bitter elements – notably apple pips and green walnut – are by no means avoided here, but they are stimulatingly integrated into an at once rich and refreshingly juicy whole. I would tentatively suggest planning to follow this through 2018.
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Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.
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Varietal: Gruner Veltliner

At the forefront of high quality central European wines is the much admired Gruner Veltliner grape varietal. This pale skinned and highly versatile grape can be used for the production of excellent still white wines, as well as soft, mellow and beautifully aged wines. In many regions around central Europe, winemakers use the Gruner Veltliner to make elegant sparkling wines, which are highly appreciated by wine drinkers for the fact that they have an ability to clearly express the delightfully mineral-rich tones of the terroir the grapes were grown on. Due to the success and pervading popularity of the Gruner Veltliner varietal in many parts of Europe, recent decades have seen this grape being cultivated in several, cooler regions in the New World, to much success.
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Country: Austria

Austria is a fascinating country when it comes to wine production, and with a wine culture that stretches back over four thousand years, it is one of the oldest viticultural centers in the world. Today, it is the Grüner Veltliner varietal grape which is the most widely grown and processed, producing elegant dry white wines, and very flavorful and aromatic sweet wines enjoyed to a great extent by local communities, and which are beginning to receive the recognition they deserve by the global wine market. Austria's eastern flatlands benefit from fertile and mineral rich soils, fed by the great river Danube, as well as the long hot summers the country enjoys with low precipitation. Today, over fifty thousand hectares of Austrian land is under vine, and even within the city limits of Vienna, high quality wine is produced and enjoyed.
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Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.
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Varietal: Gruner Veltliner

At the forefront of high quality central European wines is the much admired Gruner Veltliner grape varietal. This pale skinned and highly versatile grape can be used for the production of excellent still white wines, as well as soft, mellow and beautifully aged wines. In many regions around central Europe, winemakers use the Gruner Veltliner to make elegant sparkling wines, which are highly appreciated by wine drinkers for the fact that they have an ability to clearly express the delightfully mineral-rich tones of the terroir the grapes were grown on. Due to the success and pervading popularity of the Gruner Veltliner varietal in many parts of Europe, recent decades have seen this grape being cultivated in several, cooler regions in the New World, to much success.
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Country: Austria

Austria is a fascinating country when it comes to wine production, and with a wine culture that stretches back over four thousand years, it is one of the oldest viticultural centers in the world. Today, it is the Grüner Veltliner varietal grape which is the most widely grown and processed, producing elegant dry white wines, and very flavorful and aromatic sweet wines enjoyed to a great extent by local communities, and which are beginning to receive the recognition they deserve by the global wine market. Austria's eastern flatlands benefit from fertile and mineral rich soils, fed by the great river Danube, as well as the long hot summers the country enjoys with low precipitation. Today, over fifty thousand hectares of Austrian land is under vine, and even within the city limits of Vienna, high quality wine is produced and enjoyed.