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Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Federspiel Steinterrasen 2007

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Berry Bros & Rudd review: From the category below Smaragd, at least in terms of ripeness at harvest,<br/>Federspiel (etymologically linked, for whatever reason, to falconry) wines<br/>often represent excellent value, are often indeed excellent in terms of<br/>inherent balance and harmony. That is the case here; there are notes of orange<br/>blossom and tilleul to complement more normal descriptors such as lime and<br/>flint. <br/>(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)

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Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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External Reviews for Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Federspiel Steinterrasen

External Review
Source: Vintners Cru
01/08/2014

I approached the Hirtzbeger 2007 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Honivogl with the worry "too much of a good thing?" Yet, while exotically ripe, this displays a Riesling-like primary fruit energy and interplay of pit fruits, citrus, and diverse mineral elements. Snap peas, yellow beets, blond tobacco, and mango drizzled with honey, malt, and grapefruit inform a creamy palate that is remarkably transparent to stony, saline, savory, and shellfish-like nuances. Polished, proportional, and free of any but positive, glyceral consequences of its 14.5% alcohol, this beauty should be worth following for at least 7-9 years. RP


External Review
Source: Vintners Cru
01/08/2014

From the top of one's nose to the tail of its finish, the Hirtzberger 2007 Riesling Smaragd Singerriedel offers unusual notes of resin and pine needles, along with budleia and the more usual ripe apricot. Just as in approaching this year's Honivogel, after the performance of the Hochrain I was anticipating perhaps too much ripeness and rot in Singerriedel, but there is only a subtle and very noble overlay of honey. Nut paste, apricot and white peach with their pits, honey, and malt inform this opulent, creamy, yet not in the least heavy Riesling, and they carry into a clear, pure, buoyant, juicy, still subtly honeyed finish. This eloquent and uncannily-balanced wine should stand up to 8-10 years in the cellar. RP



Berry Bros & Rudd review: From the category below Smaragd, at least in terms of ripeness at harvest,<br/>Federspiel (etymologically linked, for whatever reason, to falconry) wines<br/>often represent excellent value, are often indeed excellent in terms of<br/>inherent balance and harmony. That is the case here; there are notes of orange<br/>blossom and tilleul to complement more normal descriptors such as lime and<br/>flint. <br/>(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)

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