2015 Hirsch "Hirschvergnugen" Grüner Veltliner Kamptal (Biodynamic)

SKU #1291344 Vinous

 An effusive nose and succulent though firm palate combine Riesling-like white peach, apple and lime with classic Grüner Veltliner snap pea, white pepper, and a hint of lilac. Expansive yet (at 11.5 percent alcohol) buoyant, this softens on the finish after delivering a bright initial attack, but remains tangy and consummately refreshing, with hints of iodine and saliva-liberating salinity adding to its appeal. This cuvée will continue through 2016 to incorporate some fruit from a friend who farms biodynamically in a portion of the Weinviertel not far north of Hirsch’s estate. For many years, this bottling was known as 'No. 1' in the US... In connection with the estate’s new label design, the wine has been renamed, and will now appear in the US labeled simply as Grüner Veltliner. (DS)  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

Importer's notes: "Bright yellow green hue, expressive fresh citrus aromas with delicate fruity characters on the palate, leading to a crisp yellow apple taste. Pure drinking pleasure. An impressive varietal Grüner Veltliner with a nimble body, charming, juicy fruit characters and signature pepper spice. Refreshing and quaffable."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2017 | Send Email
One of my favorite expressions of Gruner from a great producer. This is certainly a more strict, racy, mineral driven style than many of the bigger, weighty versions from the Wachau...I love it's freshness, drive and lingering, mouthwatering finish. So versatile as a summer white. Refreshing, moderate alcohol and a stunning value for money.
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Varietal:

Gruner Veltliner

- Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria, making up about a third of all the vineyard land in the country, according to importer extraordinaire Terry Thiese. The varietal has definitely increased in popularity of the past few years, as sommeliers and wine directors loaded their lists with this spicy white because it pairs well with so many things. Its bouquet has been described as floral, tending to toward musky, with hints of peppery greens, lentils, citrus and red fruit with a distinctive mineral quality. In the mouth the wine can be broad or precise, but is almost always distinguished by bracing acidity and flavors that mirror the nose. A notoriously good ager, you can drink GrüVes in their youth, or let them evolve in complexity in your cellar.
Country:

Austria

- Austria is a well-respected wine-growing region in Europe. Yet, even though they make about a third the volume of wine as Germany, not many of these fine bottles make it to the shelves of American wine merchants or restaurants. Lucky for us, their anonymity has translated into incredible value from simple, everyday whites to exquisite dessert wines. Austria shares many grape varieties with Germany—Riesling is king here, too. But the style of Austrian whites is much dryer and more potent. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's second-most-important varietal and makes whites of great versatility and pleasure. Click for a list of bestselling items from Austria.
Alcohol Content (%): 11.5
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