Weingut Hirsch Gruner Veltliner Heiligenstein 2013

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Gruner Veltliner has taken the world by storm as a pretty Austrian white grape variety that makes crisp, delicious whites with a nice spicy nose. From Hirsch's Heiligenstein Vineyard, this 2013 Austrian white offers beautiful fruit, excellent structure and a refreshing finish.

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Johannes Hirsch. Kamptal Vintner with Vision and Perseverance 721 rolls of a wild boar is evidently the distance between the glassed tasting room to the prime vineyard sites Lamm, Gaisberg and Heiligenstein. The view from the Johannes Hirsch Winery in Lower Austria’s Kamp Valley sweeps over stunning vineyard slopes and pauses at the almond tree. If you were naïve enough to believe that being a... Read more
Johannes Hirsch. Kamptal Vintner with Vision and Perseverance 721 rolls of a wild boar is evidently the distance between the glassed tasting room to the prime vineyard sites Lamm, Gaisberg and Heiligenstein. The view from the Johannes Hirsch Winery in Lower Austria’s Kamp Valley sweeps over stunning vineyard slopes and pauses at the almond tree. If you were naïve enough to believe that being a vintner is always this romantic, you would immediately want to change your profession. Johannes Hirsch has truly achieved something here than many only dream: a harmonious symbiosis of steadfast tradition and modern esprit as lifestyle. This is a winery with roots from the 16th century that today represents the utmost quality in wine, innovation, and global thinking. It is no question that quite a portion of courage and perseverance was necessary to come so far. Terry Theise, the American wine prophet and importer of top Austrian wines, describes Johannes Hirsch, his “Vintner of the Year 2009”, as fearless. Fearless because Johannes Hirsch follows no conventions in his quest for quality, makes no compromises, and is prepared to swim against the current. Fearless because he does not intervene and allows nature to take its course in the vineyard. Fearless because he also allows the evolvement of what has grown in the vineyard to occur unadulterated in the wine cellar. The result is vibrant wine, with either firm and mineral or creamy structure depending upon the aspect and soil of its vineyard of origin. These are wines that excel with clarity and remain appetizing glass for glass; the wines of Johannes Hirsch are seldom over 12.5% ABV. Since the end of the 1990’s, Riesling and Grüner Veltliner of exquisite clarity and lightness have become his signature. The top wines carry the names of their vineyard of origin: Lamm, Gaisberg and Heiligenstein. “Trinkvergnügen” has also enjoyed world-wide success. For a wine of such finesse and minerality to be categorized as an “entry level” wine is quite ironic. All of Johannes Hirsch’s vineyards are cultivated biodynamically, but this is a logical consequence for him and not something that he blows his horn about. The quality of his wines speaks for itself since the conversion to very old traditional cultivation methods. Despite his relative youth, Johannes Hirsch exudes a certain calm poise. He manages the winery together with his father and his wife Sandra, who studied marketing. He manages to find plenty of time for his young children, Marie and the twins Florian and Josef. He exerts the same calm patience with his children as he does with his vines, allowing them to become who they were meant to be. Read less

Member Reviews for Weingut Hirsch Gruner Veltliner Heiligenstein

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Snooth User: Teppo
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/04/2013

2006


Snooth User: foodwinechickie
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/21/2011

This is a nice rendition of the crisp and fresh Gruner Veltliner varietal. This Austrian wine has a citrus, apple, herbal aroma that had me sniffing for several minutes before taking a first sip. It offers a mouthful of juicy fruit that’s incredibly food-friendly. Smooth finish with just a trace of pepper.


Snooth User: HB Carter
107259186
0.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/01/2009

This wine was supposed to be perfect for thanksgiving and turkey. Balanced, acidic, and crisp with blossoms and lemons. However, this wine was the flavor of concentrated ass! Both my wife and I took one sip, convulsed systemically and gave the bottle away. If you like an acidic, dry, tart wine, this is for you.

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  • tart
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  • acidic

  • Snooth User: Barberolo
    721003,140
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 01/03/2013

    Four glasses


    Snooth User: VegasOenophile
    20275912,195
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 04/11/2010

    Big huge nose of melon and citrus. Surprisingly fragrant white wine! Wonderfully refreshing lime and herb with the melon tones and served cold, a perfect back porch summer wine. Crisp and lingers nicely. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 4/10/10


    Snooth User: winenut718
    4679145
    0.00 5
    Vintage: 2004 08/05/2008

    terrifc stony red fruit nose with some citrus- the palate was nicely structured, but the finish was a little hot for my tastes. definitely needs some time.


    External Reviews for Weingut Hirsch Gruner Veltliner Heiligenstein

    External Review
    Vintage: 2010 05/17/2012

    Der Hirsch, ein frecher Trinkspasswein, ist ein reinsortiger Grüner Veltliner, der auf Löss wächst. Trotz seiner Leichtigkeit besticht er durch Tiefgang, charmante exotische Frucht und typische Würze.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 05/17/2012

    Ein wunderbarer Urgesteinsriesling aus verschiedenen Terrassenlagen rund um den Ort Zöbing. Klares, fruchtiges Bouquet, Marillen- sowie exotische Fruchtnoten, im Hintergrund feine Mineralik. Am Gaumen saftig und mit einer verführerischen Süsse-Säure-Balance.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 05/17/2012

    Heiligenstein gehört zu den besten Reblagen im Kamptal. Zwischen den Rebflächen gedeiht eine Flora und Fauna, wie sie sonst nur in weit südlicheren, mediterranen Gegenden anzutreffen ist. Jugendliche Nase, frische Apfelfrucht, feine Würzaromen sowie delikate Agrumennoten. Am Gaumen köstlich lebendig und frisch.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2008 09/22/2010

    $18) Pale green-yellow. A brisk nose features green apple and grapefruit zest. Light-bodied and crisp, with a lively acid structure. A dominant flavor of juicy green apple gives this wine a refreshing quality. Enjoy now through 2016. 90 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Gruner Veltliner wine from in Austria. 2008 Hirsch Gruner Veltliner #1 750ml


    External Review
    Vintage: 2006 01/10/2013

    Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Bourbon is a flat-out delicious, complex dram with oaky, resinous, sweet-and-savory aromas. The palate is concentrated and layered, evoking dried fruit, cedar, baking spice, pepper, vanilla, caramel, and maple. This is a stunning spirit at a surprising price.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2005 06/26/2007

    Grüner Veltliner is Austria's signature white grape. Powerful, rich and dense with tropical fruit, herbs and an accent of white pepper. Very well-priced for a wine of this quality.



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