Auersthal is just barely beyond Vienna’s northern suburbs, in a dead-still little wine village in the Weinviertel. Hofer belongs to a group called Bio-Ernte which has standards for organic certification that are above the EU guidelines. The vineyards lie in a rain-shadow and have to endure hot summers. In fact Hofer plants his Riesling in a fog-pocket as he gets so little rain. The wines are pressed conventionally (no whole-cluster) with skin contact, and all whites are done in stainless steel.
Clear and spicy with a delicious interplay of sweet grilled veggies, subtle cress and white pepper.
I waffled between this and the more fennel-seed crackery ‘11, which he still has, but the sheer fruit of this ‘12 won me over, and bottling will focus it even more. Now we’re into the flowering-field vetiver side of GV.
This is a RIDICULOUS VALUE!
Round, seductive, generous, really excellent in this (or any) echelon; a truly hospitable and delicious wine. ~Terry Theise