Nigl Gruner Veltliner 2004

Nigl, Alte Reben, Gruner Veltliner, Trocken, DAC (qualitatswein) Kremstal (Niederosterreich sub-region), Austria, 2004

This wine: old vines (alte reben) – 50y.o.+, varietal gruner veltliner, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Gauntleys bin end, £12 (was £17) (2015)

Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of ripe and stewed apple, citrus and ripe melon, with spicy anise-like notes; medium-full body with more ripe honeyed citrus and orchard fruits, with a touch of nuttiness. A decent length. [on day two, honeyed pineapple comes through on nose and palate].

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.

Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of a creamy undertone, ripe yellow apple, stewed dessert apples, spicy nuances, ripe grapefruit, very ripe honeydew melon, touch of unripe stone fruit, touch of fennel.

Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, with a smooth texture and a very low-key grip from maceration on skins or whole bunch pressing, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of honeyed apple puree, gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), ripe grapefruit, honeydew melon, hint of almond oil (some might equate this to minerality). A medium (+) length with a clean citrus/orchard fruit finish, and a low-key grip.

Quality: a very good quality wine, acidity just balancing alcohol, still, harmonious with flavour intensity; showing some complexity from bottle age, a creamy nuance from time on lees; decent flavour concentration following into a decent length.

Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: can drink now, but will improve with further cellaring over say 2-3 years – lots of intensity, concentration and ripe fruit, acidity is not brilliant but is sufficient, to develop a more honeyed dried citrus character with a deeper hue still.

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