A stunning Austrian Riesling

This is a really impressive dry Riesling, made from grapes harvested in November. Must drink more Austrian wines…

Franz Hirtzberger Spitzer Singerriedel Riesling Smaragd 2004 Wachau, Austria
13.5% alcohol. Full yellow colour. Beautifully aromatic with rich melon, lemon and crystalline fruit notes. The palate is lively and dry with complex, concentrated flavours of melon, peach and citrus fruit, finishing with high acidity. Textural and fresh, this is dry Riesling at its very best. Thrilling stuff. 95/100

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3 comments to A stunning Austrian Riesling

  • David Strange

    Hirtzberger makes wines of style and class, even if they are a bit on the heroic side sometimes. Biggies but beauties, I feel. You should make strenuous efforts to try the 2009, few dry Rieslings can match that in terms of coruscating intensity and no-holds-barred enjoyment value.

  • Jamie, you’ve struck right at the sweet spot in my heart. I’m half Austrian and love when someone shines the spotlight on some of the amazing wines coming out of this wonderful country. In Austria, the hills are now alive with the sound of…wine! Prost!

  • Alastair

    I have a couple of bottles of the 2005 or 2006, I don’t remember which. Should I open one soon or do they require more age?

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