2012 Franz Hirtzberger Grauburgunder Smaragd Pluris


  • Austria
  • Niederösterreich
  • Wachau
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • malbrecht wrote: 89 points

    October 6, 2020 - Poured a pale gold color, with a nose of citrus and herbs. Opened with pear and lemon citrus notes, transitioning to more herbal notes with some nuttiness. Medium body, acid was apparent, but not overly assertive. The finish was on the shorter side. Overall, a very enjoyable wine.

  • amenenberg Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 30, 2019 - Decanted this for a good hour and it improved noticeably. The slightly oxidized nose wafts an intriguing arrangement of lemon zest, coarse slate, flint and crushed gravel minerality, banana peel, dried parsley, green apple and a small hit of petrol. The body is a plush medium weight with round, smooth and juicy acid that provides night weight and framing. It kicks off with a variety of peppery yellow, green and orange citrus fruit zest that is quickly followed by a line of salinity, dried tarragon and oregano, green pepper corn and apricot. This goes wide on the salty, savory side - there is little deference to any amount of sweetness on the fruit. For my taste, this is trending in the right direction at this stage in its evolution, and I will stretch the remaining two bottles over the next 3-5 years.

  • juffer Likes this wine: 90 points

    January 6, 2016 - I served this in my wine course. Nose is unusual. A nuttiness that I don't usually associate with pinot gris / grauburgunder combined with a touch of spice. Oddness continues in the taste. I've tasted many Austrian grauburgunders, but would not have pegged this as one of them. Lots of bitterness and yeasty flavors in the medium weight mid palate. Finish is not particularly long or short, but is also unusual. None of the spiciness or fruity flavors in the finish that I usually associate with grauburgunder. Nevertheless, I still find this not only intriguing, but also enjoyable.

  • tsim Likes this wine: 91 points

    March 1, 2015 - 4h dekantiert, zu Beginn schon sehr ansprechend, Aromen noch nicht perfekt integriert, was sich nach dem dekantieren jedoch legt.

    Gelbgold mit schönen Fruchtnoten und leicht erdig, ledriger Nase. Auf dem Gaumen weiter Fruchnoten aber auch feines Säurerückgrat, passt perfekt zum Raclette.

  • wineamateur wrote:

    May 4, 2013 - Wachau Spring Wine Festival (Wachauer Weinfrühling) (The Wachau): Smokey, attractive nose; concentrated but a little tart in the mouth; relatively austere. € 23. ***

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type White
  • Producer Franz Hirtzberger
  • Varietal Grauburgunder
  • Designation Smaragd
  • Vineyard Pluris
  • Country Austria
  • Region Niederösterreich
  • SubRegion Wachau
  • Appellation n/a
  • UPC Code 9120017634324

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  • In Cellars 12 (50%)
  • Consumed 12 (50%)

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