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Weingut Hirsch, Zöbinger Heiligenstein, Grüner Veltliner, 2007

Posted by Torsten 29 Sep 2009

Grüner Veltliner is Austria's signature white grape variety. It produces lovely, fresh and crisp wines and I am just having one of these from the Kamptal. Located within easy reach of Vienna, the Kamptal has a few well known vineyards and Heiligenstein (holly stone) is one of the prestigious ones. Grüner Veltliner has a reputation of being a good food companion and so far I have not gone wrong with this grape.

The nose of the Heiligenstein Veltliner is a nicely balanced mix of cool mineral, apple and citrus fruit, enhanced by herbs, vegetable and a bit of freshly ground pepper. Not in an in-your-face style, more of a quiet confidence that does not need a fruit explosion to convince.

In the mouth the different flavours are also well balanced: nutty flavours, juicy fruit, peach and mirabelle (the latter especially in the finish), fresh acidity. Lively and almost playful, a fresh wine that comes with a smooth finish that still has a fresh bit of tingle. Really good!