Franz Hirtzberger

Rotes Tor Smaragd Grüner Veltliner

9.368 ratings
9.230 pro ratings
Wachau, Niederösterreich, Austria
Grüner Veltliner
Asian Cuisine, Chili & Hot Spicy, Blue Cheese, Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, White Fish, Salads & Greens, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Ceccherini Cristiano

Fleshy, full flavour, big shoulders
Still pale
2009 is a big vintage
White plum, crunchy apple, nectarine, pineapple and litchee
White pepper, ginger, hay, coriander, almondy and toasty
Long, long and long

Fleshy, full flavour, big shoulders
Still pale
2009 is a big vintage
White plum, crunchy apple, nectarine, pineapple and litchee
White pepper, ginger, hay, coriander, almondy and toasty
Long, long and long

Aug 31st, 2021
Matt

Loved this over several nights, exuberant and exotic with zip and phenolics to hold everything up. Apricot, pineapple, racing citrus notes, mushrooms, candied ginger, saffron, white tea, herbs.

Loved this over several nights, exuberant and exotic with zip and phenolics to hold everything up. Apricot, pineapple, racing citrus notes, mushrooms, candied ginger, saffron, white tea, herbs.

Apr 12th, 2021
Meg Herring

Earthy and savory. So delicious! Beautiful acidity.

Earthy and savory. So delicious! Beautiful acidity.

Mar 31st, 2019
Lee Pitofsky

Honeyed, lively and a bit of a green tinge character with white pepper, stone fruits, minerals

Honeyed, lively and a bit of a green tinge character with white pepper, stone fruits, minerals

Aug 8th, 2018
Brian S

Phenolic astringency, sea shells, pineapple, cheese rinds, yellow apple.

Phenolic astringency, sea shells, pineapple, cheese rinds, yellow apple.

Mar 22nd, 2018
Collin-Peter Casey

Northern California Sales Manager Weygandt-Metzler Importing

9.6

Hirtzberger is the fucking jam. They could be murdering Elmo and I would still love them.

Hirtzberger is the fucking jam. They could be murdering Elmo and I would still love them.

1 person found it helpfulNov 20th, 2014
JohnQ Boxler

Sales Berkeley Wine Company

9.5

Petrol, mineral, golden fruit, note of botrytis. Good acid. Still fresh. Spicy, peppery. Note as baroque as some vintages.

Petrol, mineral, golden fruit, note of botrytis. Good acid. Still fresh. Spicy, peppery. Note as baroque as some vintages.

1 person found it helpfulOct 26th, 2014
Marc Stubblefield

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

9.5

At age 10, finally evolving from shy reticence into poised, quiet elegance. Still so young and fresh.

At age 10, finally evolving from shy reticence into poised, quiet elegance. Still so young and fresh.

1 person found it helpfulSep 29th, 2014
Yoon Ha

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

9.4

Amazing what a little time can do.

Amazing what a little time can do.

Apr 15th, 2017
Ceccherini Cristiano

Had it November 2008.
Unbelievably fantastic!!!!
This is the bottle that made me decide that I would start buying Wachau Smaragd wines to cellar them.
Still young, very chalky, citrusy and super long flavour on the palate. Great substance and incisiveness. It could still evolve, but it is also so easy to drink 😍😍

Had it November 2008.
Unbelievably fantastic!!!!
This is the bottle that made me decide that I would start buying Wachau Smaragd wines to cellar them.
Still young, very chalky, citrusy and super long flavour on the palate. Great substance and incisiveness. It could still evolve, but it is also so easy to drink 😍😍

Sep 15th, 2016