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| ||Tasted by drwine2001 on 4/29/2013: Light yellow/green. Light weight, tart citrus and herbs. Nice basic Gruner. (1004 views)|
| ||Tasted by tbriggs on 6/25/2012: Light and fresh. No notes taken. (1854 views)|
| ||Tasted by Richard Jennings on 1/23/2012 & rated 87 points: Spring 2012 Terry Theise/WineWise/The Vienna Wine Co Tasting Part II: Austria (The General's Residence, Fort Mason, San Francisco, California): Light yellow color; tart green fruit, light pepper nose; tart green fruit, lime palate; medium-plus finish (1724 views)|
| ||Tasted by cmclean on 11/3/2011 & rated 92 points: Very fresh, a prominent nose, green/yellow/mauve spectrum of flavours (baby lettuce,arugula, lemon, lime?, granny smith, cucumber, beans, peas, shoots and sprouts, chickpeas??). Great acidity, really making me slobber, but it's also mid weight and has has nice richness. There's a bite to it, like chili heat, but this is low in alcohol (11.5%) and totally dry. I love this! This could easily pair well with salad with vinaigrette or rich sauces, as well, asian food, oysters, roast chichen. One of my new favourites. The price:quality:pleasure ratio is tremendous and my score reflects that. (2272 views)|
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|By Richard Jennings|
(Weingut Hirsch Grüner Veltliner #1) Light yellow color; tart green fruit, light pepper nose; tart green fruit, lime palate; medium-plus finish 87 points
|By Terry Theise|
Terry Theise Estate Selections, 2011 Austrian Catalog (5/1/2011)
(Hirsch Grüner Veltliner "veltliner #1") ($23.00) Aromatically, palate, finish – palate especially, which has a complex herbal note on its lentil and fava-bean body. In its echelon this is as complex, solid and focused as it gets – and this with 11.5% alc! It was not deacidified, and acidity shows not as sharpness but as a chile note.
There’s a fair amount of hack stuff on the market now, trying to cash in on the cheap-&-cheerful “GROO-VAY” thing, and I’m here to tell you there’s no reason to settle when there’s wines like this, like Hiedler’s Löss, hell, like Fred Loimer’s admirable “Lois,” I don’t care whether it’s my wine or the other guy’s wine as long as it’s good.
Weingut Hirsch Producer website
Grüner VeltlinerGrüner Veltliner, (or Gruener Veltliner when spelled without the Umlaut) is an indigenous white grape from Austria. Grüner Veltliner accounts for nearly 30% of the country's plantings making it the most widely grown grape in the country.
Grüner Veltliner is grown throughout the wine growing areas of Austria, but is most prominent in the area of Neiderösterrich (Lower Austria.) Grüner Veltliner is an ancient descendant of the white grape, Traminer, its other parent remains unknown.
Grüner Veltliner is a DAC classified wine in the wine growing areas of the Weinvertel DAC (District Appellation Control), Kremstal DAC, Kamptal DAC, Traisental DAC and Lethaiberg DAC. Other important growing areas include the areas of Wachau, Vienna, and Wagram despite the fact these regions are not currently recognized under the DAC system. Grüner Veltliner wines typically 12.5% abv, but can have more or less dependent on the region, the year and winemaker's personal style.
Grüner Veltliner is most commonly known as a bone-dry, highly acidic grape with distinct aromas and flavors of white pepper, green apple and citrus. While this is the typical flavor profile for young Grüner Veltliner wines, it is important to recognize that Grüner Veltliner is a very expressive grape and will show different dependent upon the region in which it is grown. For example, the Weinvertel will demonstrate high-acid, white pepper and green apple as noted, but a Grüner Veltliner from the Wachau is likely to show characteristics more typical of that of Riesling -richer, deeper fruit and a touch of stone; still other regions display different expressions that can include tropical notes, stone fruits, flint, smoke and more.
Though many Grüner Veltliner wines are made for immediate consumption, Grüner Veltliner can have incredible aging potential and can often be compared with white Burgundy, after all they are grown at roughly the same latitude. Grüner Veltliner made for aging will likely be slightly higher in alcohol and contain later-harvested grapes.
Although Grüner Veltliner is typically vinified dry, it may also be used on its own or as part of a cuvée to make sweeter styles such as Beerenauslese, Trokenbeeranauslese, Ruster Ausbruch (in the town of Rust only) or Eiswein.
Grüner Veltliner is an average-ripening grape and is typically harvested in October in Austria though weather conditions can force vine growers to harvest early.
Gruner Veltliner may be found in other areas of the world under the name of Weißgipfler, Grünmuskateller (AT), Veltlínské zelené (CZ), Zöld veltelini (HU), Veltlínske zelené (SK) or Zeleni veltlinec (SL).
Austria Wein aus Österreich (Österreichischen Weinmarketinggesellschaft) | Austrian Wine Classifications (Winemonger.com)
Niederösterreich Weinstraße Niederösterreich
Kamptal The Kamptal Region - Introduction (Winemonger.com)