White

1999 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain

Riesling

  • Austria
  • Niederösterreich
  • Wachau
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Community Tasting Notes 23

  • Nanda wrote: 90 points

    October 13, 2021 - Casual dinner at Testacio: Honey and sweet apple with some diesel. Palate is big, round and powerful with lots of diesel and smoke. Interesting for sure.

  • acyso wrote: 93 points

    October 13, 2021 - Dinner at Testaccio (Chicago, IL): Ugh, I hate having to admit that Salil is right (especially about stuff like dry riesling). This wine was pretty damn good. It started out very peachy and fruit forward, somewhat Keller-like but lacking the weight on the backend. There's a little bit of white pepper and spice here, but it's at the end of the dinner where this really started singing -- this became so incredibly saline, and the mineral lift emerged prominently on the finish. Compelling stuff. Am I going to run out and buy more dry Austrian riesling after this? Not yet.

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  • prof b wrote: 95 points

    February 11, 2018 - Sunday at Salil's: Salil opened this up for me. It was an amazing bottle of wine. White fruit, petrol, beeswax, and lemon peel came through on the nose. On the palate this was equally complex and perfectly balanced. A true pleasure to drink.

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  • salil wrote: 97 points

    February 11, 2018 - I've had some amazing bottles of this over the past few years, but this was on another level. Spectacular aromatics; it starts out with peach and petrol but with time turning more mineral and smoky, and a palate that is beyond anything I can describe. This has every facet of great Riesling; fruit, spice, honey, and incredible minerality all coming together with a combination of palate-staining intensity and remarkable finesse and lightness on the palate.

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  • El_Toro Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 1, 2017 - What a stunning riesling. For an austrian wine very cool style if you can say so with lots of botrytis

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  • By David Schildknecht
    November/December 2000, IWC Issue #93 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1999
  • Type White
  • Producer Franz Hirtzberger
  • Varietal Riesling
  • Designation Smaragd
  • Vineyard Hochrain
  • Country Austria
  • Region Niederösterreich
  • SubRegion Wachau
  • Appellation n/a

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 53 (56%)
  • Consumed 41 (44%)

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