The 9.5 ha estate of Karl Holzapfel maintains a relatively low profile outside Austria but produces clean, pure if relatively austere examples of fine Wachau Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. At the Federspiel level this equates to cool, green-fruited and herb-tinged wines that avoid being harsh andwhich open out with a minimum of 2–3 years’ age. Smaragd wines impress with their length, depth and structure. Achleiten Grüner Veltliner has classic character and intensity, showing the real essence of the grape and vineyard, while Vorderseiber Riesling has a pure citrusy fruit and delicate spice-filled depth.
To find out more about Holzapfel and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Austria..
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