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Weingut Hirsch Riesling Zöbinger Heiligenstein 2007

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"The 2007 Riesling Heiligenstein - which was bottled shortly before the 2008 harvest - offers alluring floral perfume (buddleia, honeysuckle) typical for this site. It displays surprising lift, refinement, and delicacy (at 12.3% alcohol) when one considers both the wine’s glossy creamy texture and its sheer concentration of flavors, here including peach, melon, grapefruit, herbs, and persistent flowers. This finishes with ravishing generosity of luscious fruit supported by barely noticeable (16 grams) residual sugar, and accompanied by refined if ineffable touches of minerality...94." WA 2/09 Johannes Hirsch was already done harvesting in 2007 on October 8 (after starting September 13), not far behind the Nikolaihof. And there is another connection with that venerable estate which may or may not be vital: Hirsch has been passionately pursuing a biodynamic path. I did manage to get a smile out of him when I suggested that he consider replacing the pile of cow horns he had accumulated with much rarer and surely more efficacious antlers of elk (Hirsch). "The clusters were beautifully golden-yellow, perfect," he relates, so there was no need to wait, which meant missing out on the mid-October rains.

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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

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Snooth User: HB Carter
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0.50 5
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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  • "The 2007 Riesling Heiligenstein - which was bottled shortly before the 2008 harvest - offers alluring floral perfume (buddleia, honeysuckle) typical for this site. It displays surprising lift, refinement, and delicacy (at 12.3% alcohol) when one considers both the wine’s glossy creamy texture and its sheer concentration of flavors, here including peach, melon, grapefruit, herbs, and persistent flowers. This finishes with ravishing generosity of luscious fruit supported by barely noticeable (16 grams) residual sugar, and accompanied by refined if ineffable touches of minerality...94." WA 2/09 Johannes Hirsch was already done harvesting in 2007 on October 8 (after starting September 13), not far behind the Nikolaihof. And there is another connection with that venerable estate which may or may not be vital: Hirsch has been passionately pursuing a biodynamic path. I did manage to get a smile out of him when I suggested that he consider replacing the pile of cow horns he had accumulated with much rarer and surely more efficacious antlers of elk (Hirsch). "The clusters were beautifully golden-yellow, perfect," he relates, so there was no need to wait, which meant missing out on the mid-October rains.

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