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Weingut Hirsch Gruner Veltliner Heiligenstein 2014

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Bright yellow hue, subtle spiciness with delicate mineral notes on the palate. Juicy body, yellow fruit notes with hints of quince that is well integrated with sappy acidity, with a lingering aftertaste.

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Weingut Hirsch:
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

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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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  • 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

    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: 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.



    Bright yellow hue, subtle spiciness with delicate mineral notes on the palate. Juicy body, yellow fruit notes with hints of quince that is well integrated with sappy acidity, with a lingering aftertaste.

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