Franz Hirtzberger

Setzberg Smaragd Riesling

9.331 ratings
9.415 pro ratings
Wachau, Niederösterreich, Austria
Riesling
Top Notes For
Lee Pitofsky

Rich and energetic showing ripe peach, green apple, loads of crushed rocks, hints of sea salt and tingling acidity. Finishes with great length and intensity. Excellent.

Rich and energetic showing ripe peach, green apple, loads of crushed rocks, hints of sea salt and tingling acidity. Finishes with great length and intensity. Excellent.

Jun 5th, 2020
William Hughes

Steely peaches and herbs! Sing it!

Steely peaches and herbs! Sing it!

Jul 28th, 2018
Antonio Galloni

Founder, Vinous

9.3

A fabulous bottle. Great texture, depth and richness. Tremendously versatile at the dinner table.

A fabulous bottle. Great texture, depth and richness. Tremendously versatile at the dinner table.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 20th, 2017
Amy Cleary

Wine blogger WineBookGirl

9.9

Amy had this 6 years ago

Amy had this 6 years ago

1 person found it helpfulDec 29th, 2014
Eric Guido

The 2011 Setzberg has gained significant richness since my last taste a year ago. Tonight I found a seductive bouquet of ripe peach, mango and hints of lime, followed by smoky minerality and spring florals. On the palate, silky textures with weighty persistence gave way flavors of ripe apple, mango, sweet herbs and a twang of citrus driven acidity. It finished with caking minerality, hints of peach tea and a buzz of green apple acidity. Color me impressed.

The 2011 Setzberg has gained significant richness since my last taste a year ago. Tonight I found a seductive bouquet of ripe peach, mango and hints of lime, followed by smoky minerality and spring florals. On the palate, silky textures with weighty persistence gave way flavors of ripe apple, mango, sweet herbs and a twang of citrus driven acidity. It finished with caking minerality, hints of peach tea and a buzz of green apple acidity. Color me impressed.

Feb 8th, 2017
Chris MacLean

Utterly delicious. Ripe, steely grapefruit, sprinkled with peach juice and herbs. Or something like that. Will develop too.

Utterly delicious. Ripe, steely grapefruit, sprinkled with peach juice and herbs. Or something like that. Will develop too.

May 17th, 2016
Jeremy Noye

CEO Morrell & Company

9.4

While 2011 not my fave vintage in Austria this wine was an absolute delight tonight. Lemon zest slate white flowers peach blossoms and that's just the nose!

While 2011 not my fave vintage in Austria this wine was an absolute delight tonight. Lemon zest slate white flowers peach blossoms and that's just the nose!

Jul 26th, 2014
Christian Baeppler

2006 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Wachau Austria. Golden colour, very viscous (14%). Powerful Riesling with tart tropical fruit flavours, spiced orchard fruit and honeysuckle. Dry and firm on the finish.

2006 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Wachau Austria. Golden colour, very viscous (14%). Powerful Riesling with tart tropical fruit flavours, spiced orchard fruit and honeysuckle. Dry and firm on the finish.

May 19th, 2014
Thomas Pastuszak

Sommelier/Wine Director The NoMad

10

A wine of great focus, clarity & impeccable balance: #RieslingOnARainyDay

A wine of great focus, clarity & impeccable balance: #RieslingOnARainyDay

Nov 27th, 2012
Becca De Kleine

Peach, Meyer lemon, some pepper, light spritz, creamy weight, slight balance bitterness. Lovely.

Peach, Meyer lemon, some pepper, light spritz, creamy weight, slight balance bitterness. Lovely.

Jan 25th, 2020