Wines to Seek Out
Consistently, Pacher Hof wines remind me less of Austria and more of a variety: Sauvignon Blanc. That is not because they make a Sauvignon Blanc, nor that their wine's taste like Sauvignon Blanc. It is more about mood. For Sancerre lovers, these wines will be deeply satisfying and just different enough to break you out of the SB lane for new pathways.
Pacher Hof Grüner Veltliner
Bursting with freshness on the nose, this Grüner Veltliner conveys a spectrum of fruit and a lovely touch of baking spice. An intense, and amplified Grüner that needs to be consumed within 3 years of vintage.
Pacher Hof Sylvaner Alte Reben
Sylvaner is one of the most under-appreciated white wine grapes in the world, as evidenced but Pacher Hof's rounded, complex and fascinating old-vine bottling. The differences between this wine and the standard Pacher Hof Sylvaner are fascinating, as the old vines seem to yield a richer, more patient wine with mandarin orange, white peach and lanolin tones.
The standard Sylvaner? So very Sauv Blanc with its grassiness and minerality.
Pacher Hof Riesling
Pacher Hof's two towering achievements are their Kerner (see below) and this wine, the best Italian Riesling I've ever come across. With a bracing alpine acidity that makes the wine race across the palate, it offers depth, roundness and refreshment in all the best ways. For me it recalled orange citrus, apricot flesh, peach skin and almonds.
Pacher Hof Müller Thurgau
I've had a noted Trentino winemaker tell me flat-out, "Müller Thurgau is a shit grape." Not known for yielding much (to say the least), the grape sees its best chance at memorable wines at high altitude, which it finds in the vineyards of Pacher Hof. It also finds a caring winemaker in Andreas Huber who conjures a crisp white-wine predicated on stone fruit tones and impressive minerality.
Pacher Hof Kerner
While this area's Riesling, Sylvaner and Grüner Veltliner can be delicious, Kerner is the grape for the Eisacktal/Valle Isarco. A cross between Riesling and Schiava, it yields a wine of compelling texture and depth when grown in this sun-trap along the Isarco River. Pacher Hof's version blitzes the nose with enticing notes recalling pineapple, orange peel, apricot and a handful of white flowers. But it is the unctuous texture that will have you coming back to it again.