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Högl, Grüner Veltliner Federspiel “J&G”Wachau, Austria 2019 (750mL)

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Högl, Grüner Veltliner Federspiel “J&G” Wachau, Austria 2019 (750mL)

“Austrian Grüner Veltliner is one of the best-selling wine categories on SommSelect, and the reason is simple: People know it’s going to over-deliver every time.”

Josef Högl and his son, Georg, are the “J&G” of this wine, which is an ‘entry-level’ bottling: a step lower in alcohol than their other bottlings, but by no means dumbed-down. By law in the Wachau, “Federspiel” wines must achieve an alcohol of at least 11.5% but stay below 12.5%. So, when you buy a wine that says “Federspiel,” you know you are getting a fresh, lively style of Grüner Veltliner that also displays some real substance. No simple quaffer, this! The 2019 Federspiel, as in vintages past, is floral over spicy. On the nose, there is a juicy blast of green-yellow apple and pear fruit with an undercut of white peach and greenish-white flowers. The earth plays around with wet rock, white pepper and radish (yes, there’s some), and chive blossoms. On the palate, the wine takes stride, full of delicious Grüner pep and bounce. With moderate alcohol and moderate-plus acidity, today’s wine is an appetizer’s best friend, taking comfort in cold salads, vegetable terrines, lightly fried fish, and platters of charcuterie and cheese.

  • CountryAustria
  • RegionWachau
  • Sub-RegionSpitz
  • SoilLoess & Gneiss
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendGrüner Veltliner
  • Alcohol12.5%
  • Temp.Serve at 45-50° F
  • GlasswareAll-Purpose Stem
  • DrinkingNow
  • DecantingOptional
  • PairingSpring Vegetable Terrine

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