This is the perfect entry level wine to get to know the Hirsch style: A vibrant easy-drinking wine made from the indigenous Austrian grape variety Grüner Veltliner. Sourced from loess soils, it is light bodied, yet displays depth, charming fruit, and the variety’s characteristic earthy spiciness. The Hirsch Grüner Veltliner combines pure Hirsch pleasure (“Hirschvergnügen”) with class.
Typical and beautiful Veltliner spices, zesty aromas of citric fruits and green apples underscored with notes of pepper and mushroom appearing in the bouquet; it is a slender, crisp and nervy wine with undertones of juicy fruits. Good bite, extremely vibrant and exhilarating.
“Citrus oil richness; exotic inner-mouth perfume of bittersweet flowers and resinous green herbs; and tropical lushness of papaya and pink grapefruit aren’t what I would have expected from an entry-level and alcoholically light Grüner Veltliner. But I’m not complaining! Buried in there somewhere are more Veltliner-typical hints of lentil and white pepper. This finishes with a rush of refreshing juiciness supporting a welter of flavour. (Although the labelling has changed, this basic Hirsch bottling, formerly designated with a nickname and number, retains the same cellar approach and sources: almost entirely from the estate, plus bio-dynamically farmed fruit from one northerly neighbour.) 2015-2018”
90 points, David Schildknecht, vinous.com, Nov 2015
“The new label will be the ongoing label, as I seem to have been in a minority-of-one who liked the label changing each year. Ya happy now? The wine will make you happy if not; ripe, tobacco-y and smoky, deep and earthy and almost tannic in the finish. Really huge for 11.5% alc, it tastes like a mushroom stock you threw a few drops of Sauv-Blanc into.”
Terry Thiese, 2014 Skurnik Wines Catalogue