If you’d like to get to know the Hirsch style (and you should), consider this the perfect entry: a vibrant, inviting wine made from the indigenous Austrian Grüner Veltliner. Sourced from mineral-rich loess soils, it is light-bodied with depth, charming fruit, and the variety’s characteristic earthy spiciness. It is a Grüner Veltliner that combines pure Hirsch pleasure (“Hirschvergnügen“) with pure class.
Fruit comes from vineyards currently in conversion to Certified Organic farming. Hirsch operates with a very gentle whole-cluster pressing technique that lasts for five or six hours before the wine ferments and matures in stainless steel. This approach delivers typical beautiful Grüner spice with remarkable clarity: citrus zest, pear, and green apple are threaded through with woodsy mushroom and white pepper on the nose. Bright yellow-green, this is a crisp and nervy wine with the easy appeal of juicy fruit and good bite on the palate. Direct and exhilarating.
“This wine’s ripe pear fruit and leesy yeastiness make it seem like a raw tank sample. On the palate, the yeastiness expresses itself as savory texture, framing fresh lemon notes and peppery highlights. The finish is dry and long.”
91 points, Wine Enthusiast, Sept 2018
“A very lively Grüner Veltliner with nice spritz, plus enough pear and green-pepper character to satisfy. Refreshing and very clean at the finish. Drink or hold.”
90 points, JamesSuckling.com, Oct 2018