TN: 2004 Hiedler Gruner Veltliner Thal Novemberlese

Color a very light gold in the glass - upon opening, the first thought I had was freshly sliced apples in a stone bowl. Now that it’s had a little air, I think it’s more similar to that white fruit cocktail over slate that I often get with an Austrian riesling, but either way, some nice fruit & rocks abound here on the nose. Maybe a hint of that pepperiness some folks find in GV, but not pronounced, more like an accent.

Light-bodied on the palate, with nice acidity framing the fruit - this has nice palate persistence, but is not an in-your-face wine at all, somewhat reminiscent of the way Nikolaihof wines often strike me. A wine for relaxing on the couch while reading a book. 13.5% alcohol according to the label, but you would never know it by the way this wine comes across. Maybe a touch drying on the finish, but that’s a minor complaint.