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Weingut Franz Hirtzberger : Rotes Tor Smaragd Gruner Veltliner 2016

$49.99 1 Bottle (750ML) |
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    A Rich, Ripe Australian Gruner Veltliner with a Juicy Palate

    In the past few decades, Weingut Franz Hirtzberger has become one of the most important references of Spitz in the Wachau wine region of Austria. The estate was established by Franz Hirtzberger, who identified the very best single-vineyard terraces of the region and founded, together with some of the region's other big names, the Vinea Wanchau. Since 1983, his son Franz (the second) manages the family's 20 hectares of vineyards. The Rotes Tor Smaragd Gruner Veltliner 2016 by Weingut Franz Hirtzberger is produced from 100% Gruner Veltliner grapes. The vines grow in terraces of decomposed schist, mica and gneiss, with around 2-3% botrytized grapes picked during harvest, which took place between November 8 and 23, relatively late. The vinification takes place naturally in stainless steel vats. The wine is racked off the lees and then matured in large Austrian oak foudres before being lightly filtered and bottled.

    In the glass, the Rotes Tor Smaragd Gruner Veltliner 2016 by Weingut Franz Hirtzberger presents a bright, straw yellow color. The nose exudes rich and ripe stone fruit aromas, along with flinty mineral notes. This Australian Gruner Veltliner is full-bodied and juicy on the palate, revealing a delicate acidity and a charming finish, packed with sweet and sour, tropical flavors.
    Parker : 88+ / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    Picked extremely late between November 8 and 23, the 2016 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Spitzer Rotes Tor offers a clear, deep and very rich nose with ripe white seed and stone fruit aromas along with flinty notes. Full-bodied, round and juicy with rather delicate acidity, this is a fresh and charming Grüner Veltliner with gentle fruit and a sweet-sour, salty finish. The 2016 is surely not as concentrated and deep as many of its forerunners but will benefit from further bottle age.
    Lower AustriaWachau
    Grape varieties
    Gruner Veltliner

    Dessert wine


    Lower Austria



    Weingut Franz Hirtzberger


    Contains sulfites