2008 Malat "Hohlgraben" Grüner Veltliner (Previously $13)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium green-yellow. Aromas and flavors of greengage plum complemented by apricot, brown spices and flint. This very well-balanced, elegant wine offers a juicy mouth feel. The refreshing, firm finish of mango and lime demonstrates finesse. A serious wine that is nonetheless easy to drink.
Pure, verging on limey citrus. Dry, crisp and fresh. On the lighter side but persistent and the classically firm finish of Grüner Veltliner.
A rounded wine, expressing its attractive, somehow creamy texture through apple and grapefruit flavors. It is poised, certainly not heavy, great as an apéritif wine.
"The Malat estate is near Krems, in Palt, between the southern bank of the Danube and the Gottweiger Mountain. An especially beneficial microclimate marks the region. White and red wines thrive on primary rocks, and on a loess and gravel mixture and clay. The Hohlgraben vineyard is the Malat estate's most historic and probably also most important Veltliner plantation. There are seven vineyards within the area, all slightly different from each other. The soil is all classic loess with south to south west exposure. Hohlgraben lies at the foot of the Gottweiger Stiftsberg. This wine shows extraordinarily vibrant and beautifully sculpted expression of GV - snap-pea and other kitchen-garden aromas, lovely pear and peach notes, acids nicely focused and interwoven; charming minerality and excellent balance." (from the importer)