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2018 Franz Hirtzberger Ried Steinporz Riesling SmaragdRiesling from Austria


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  • 96 Wine Enthusiast
  • 95 Decanter
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Tangerine and peach unite on the nose in a quite disarming fashion. The palate comes in with more peachy juiciness and adds overtones of ripe passion fruit with both its tartness and tropicality. A lovely seam of vivid, zesty freshness cuts through the generous, abundant and juicy fruit, always with exotic highlights, always with zesty aromas. This has life and drive, energy and brio. (AK)

95 Decanter

Franz Hirtzberger is the most esteemed grower in Spitz, and his wines can be surprisingly voluptuous. Often Singerriedl is the source of his top Riesling, but in 2018, I prefer the Steinporz, which grows on weathered gneiss soils. The stone-fruits nose is rich and opulent without being blowsy. Creamy, very ripe, it’s a touch broad but that ripeness is cut by a stony minerality. Resplendent fruit, fine depth and impressive length. (SB)

Product Detail

Item # 126807
Country Austria
Region Niederosterreich-Lower Austria
Sub-Region Wachau

96 - Wine Enthusiast

95 - Decanter

Vintage 2018
Color White
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Riesling
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features Organic
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey
Nose petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach