Hahndorf Hill Winery 'White Mischief' Gruner Veltliner 2020

  • 2020 received 95 Halliday Points
  • 2020 was in James Halliday's Top 100 Wines of 2021
  • A beautiful, fruit driven and fresh dry white
  • 1 or more bottles
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  • James Halliday
    95 points
  • Campbell Mattin
    91 points

Editors notes

Made in a New World fruit-driven style emphasising a broad range of varietal primary fruits. Hand-picked, chilled for 24 hours in small slotted bins, pressed, free-run fermented separately from the pressings then blended back to provide textural play, left on gross lees for a time.

Excellent intensity. Juicy, pulpy citrus and melon, pepper and apple. A whisper of woodsmoke too. Somehow manages to have both crunch and texture. It works and then some.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Apple
    • Celery Salt
    • Lemon
  • Palate
    • Lemon
    • Mineral
    • White Pepper

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Shellfish
  • Spicy

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday

    "TOP 100 WINES OF 2020 Small bunches started the ball rolling for a wine with an excellent mouthfeel and a faint white pepper varietal marker. The length and drive on the finish give the wine serious gravitas. Attention to vinification detail is its own reward."
  • Campbell Mattinson

    "Excellent intensity. Juicy, pulpy citrus and melon, pepper and apple. A whisper of woodsmoke too. Somehow manages to have both crunch and texture. It works and then some."

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About the brand Hahndorf Hill Winery

Hahndorf Hill Winery is owned by Larry Jacobs and Marc Dobson, who operate the boutique business together with a dedicated team of staff. Hahndorf Hill's six-hectare vineyard is located at the edge of historic german-heritage Hahndorf village and on the slopes of a gentle hill which, over a century ago, contained a slate quarry. It is very apparent, when walking along the slopes of the vineyard blocks at Hahndorf Hill, that slate forms a significant part of the mineral component of the soils.

With this boutique vineyard nestled in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of South Australia, it is here Larry and Marc are growing and pioneering the Austrian grape varieties of Blaufrankisch, Gruner Veltliner, Zweigelt and St Laurent. The abundance of diverse mineral components in the soil translates into a distinct mineral element within the wine, which is especially beneficial for their Austrian varieties. In addition, the Adelaide Hills enjoys the unique combination of a low mean January temperature coupled with a significantly high diurnal variation. This diurnal variation is a significant quality defining factor according to producers of these varieties in their native Austria.

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