TNR - Hafner from Austria

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TNR - Hafner from Austria

Postby Avi Hein » Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:28 pm

I just saw a kosher wine from Austria (no, not Australia (despite what Google says), Austria) called Hafner. I've never seen kosher wine from Austria in Jerusalem before.

Have you tasted the kosher run of wines from Hafner, particularly what I think was the Gruner Veltliner (and what is this grape?). I think 2006 (I forgot to write it down at the store) but otherwise the latest vintages you have would be useful.
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Re: TNR - Hafner from Austria

Postby Daniel Rogov » Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:23 pm

Avi, Hi...

The Gruner Veltliner grape is perhaps the most planted variety in Austria. Until the 1980's thewine made from Gruner Veltliner was best described as "simple but fun" and most often found in the Heurigen (those fantastic wine and food places for which Vienna is so well known) and, despite their rather one-dimensioned qualities went very well with anything from potato salad to game dishes, from salamis to roast beef, lamb, pork and whatever.

Stating in the 1980's the Gruner Veltliner underwent a revolution – better care of the vineyards and more modern winemaking methods yielding wines that often attained excellence. There are those who say that at its best Gruner Veltliner reminds them of Chardonnay. On the other hand, Gruner Veltliner has become so popular in recent years that some today say that Chardonnay reminds them of Gruner Veltliner. A well written article about the grape can be found at ... gruner.htm

Several of my tasting notes for better editions of Gruner Veltliner can be found at ... =&UserID=4

With regard to Hafner, a producer of entirely kosher wines, several of my tasting notes can be found at ... =&UserID=4 Although not particularly current, those tasting notes can be taken as typical of both style and quality.

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Re: TNR - Hafner from Austria

Postby Keith Levenberg » Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:49 pm

We get the sweet wines from Hafner here in NY, both an ice wine and a TBA. I've never seen any of the dry ones. The TBA is really good, heavy but sumptuous in a Kracheresque style, ice wine also good but not as serious. Excepting Moscato d'Asti I don't think you can find better kosher dessert wines.
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