2015 Hirsch Zöbing Riesling Kamptal

SKU #1352616 90 points Vinous

 Fresh apple, lime and vintage-typical honeydew melon are mingled with bittersweet gentian and iris perfume, crushed stone, iodine, and pungent green herbs in this firm but infectiously juicy performance whose sustained finish leaves the palate lightly shaken and profoundly refreshed. (DS)  (2/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Clean-cut zesty freshness pervades nose and palate with lively, ripe and toothsome citrus zest: mandarin and lemon dominate. The palate is sleek and slender with focus and verve. Wonderfully bracing.  (9/2016)

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2018 | Send Email
This riesling is bone dry and very good. In the nose there are subtle floral notes with a kiss of oil that adds complexity. In the mouth it was clean and crisp with nice mineral undertones. It was balanced and tasty and will go well with fish and fowl.A classic Austrian Riesling that is well worth its price.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2018 | Send Email
Austrian wine usually conjures up pictures of peppery Gruner in the mind, but this is a very different style wine than you might expect. Grown on volcanic soils, this vibrant riesling is chalk full of minerality and not overly floral or fruity. There still is an excellent lime zest, and clean cut apricot fruit profile, but the predominate tone of the wine is stony. I'd highly recommend trying this bottle, whether you are interested in Austrian wine, or are just looking for a good bottle in this price range.

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12