2011 Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd HochrainRiesling from Austria
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"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. The...
- 96 Falstaff Magazine
- 91 Wine Spectator
96 Falstaff Magazine
"Medium green-yellow. Apricot, pepper, and dark flinty minerals. Complex and wonderfully delineated with a fine spine of acid driving through the tropical pineapple and sweet apricot fruit. Plenty of minerals and sweetly extracted orange fruit linger on the long finish. Already very seductive and demonstrating finesse in its youth, yet this wine will continue to improve with bottle maturation."
91 Wine Spectator
"A racy style, with well-defined flavors of ripe apple and pear, this crisp white delivers a citric snap, accompanied by rich notes of vanilla cream and spice, with a custardy finish. Drink now through 2018. 40 cases imported. -KM"
"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
96 - Falstaff Magazine
91 - Wine Spectator
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey|
|Nose||petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach|