2011 Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain
apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey
petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach
"F.X. Pichler and Franz Hirtzberger are the pillars of the Wachau, literally and figuratively. They are the geographic pillars, representing the two ends: Loiben and Spitz. They are the stylistic pillars - the richness of the warmer eastern end, compared to the minerality and purity of the cooler western end of the Wachau. And they are the qualitative pillars - by the consensus of most the two greatest producers of the Wachau, indeed of dry whites in Austria."
"Hochrain is located just below Singerriedel. The soil type is dominated by a weathered rock overlaid with a fine layer of sandy loam. This particular terroir produces a Riesling with intense minerality, and flavour of stone fruits." -Winery