TN: Hirtzberger Gru Ve

With roast chicken, leftover mushroom risotto, and arugula the 2016 Hirtzberger ? Rotes Tor? Gruner Veltliner Federspiel (I had originally gotten this out thinking I?d get some oily fish, but ended up not having time to go to fish market, it went fine with chicken). Peach and pea, some white pepper., nice stony finish. Balanced fruit , acid, and mineral notes. For me GV Federspiel seems to be the sweet spot in Austrian whites. B++
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DaleW
> With roast chicken, leftover mushroom risotto, and arugula the 2016 Hirtzberger ? Rotes Tor? Gruner Veltliner Federspiel (I had originally gotten this out thinking I?d get some oily fish, but ended up not having time to go to fish market, it went fine with chicken). Peach and pea, some white pepper., nice stony finish. Balanced fruit , acid, and mineral notes. For me GV Federspiel seems to be the sweet spot in Austrian whites. B++
I recently opened a bottle of 2015 Nikolaihof GV Federspiel and found it surprisingly hot and heavy. Mayhap 2015 was a hot year in the Wachau?
Mark Lipton
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> > With roast chicken, leftover mushroom risotto, and arugula the 2016 Hirtzberger ? Rotes Tor? Gruner Veltliner Federspiel (I had originally gotten this out thinking I?d get some oily fish, but ended up not having time to go to fish market, it went fine with chicken). Peach and pea, some white pepper., nice stony finish. Balanced fruit , acid, and mineral notes. For me GV Federspiel seems to be the sweet spot in Austrian whites. B++ > > I recently opened a bottle of 2015 Nikolaihof GV Federspiel and found it > surprisingly hot and heavy. Mayhap 2015 was a hot year in the Wachau? > I like Austrian whites, especially GV, but probably don't drink enough of the same bottlings year to year to make legitimate vintage generalizations. I probably buy Nikolaihof , Knoll, and Hirtzberger the most, followed by FX Pichler, Alzinger, Prager (I used to occasionally buy Rudi Pichler and Domane Wachau (Freie Weingartner Wachau , but haven't seen either in my market for a while). But not always the same bottlings. Kind of hard to compare Pichler Smaragd to a Knoll Federspiel. But I think 2015 was on warm side for most of Europe.
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