Franz Hirtzberger - Federspiel 2012 - Rotes Tor Grüner Veltliner
Franz Hirtzberger - Federspiel 2012 / Rotes Tor Grüner Veltliner (90 TSW)
Maybe you know I am a big fan of Austrian white wine. This one is a very good example of one of the best producers. Weingut Hirtzberger is owned and managed by one of the best and most well-known producers in the Wachau valley, Franz Hirtzberger. Franz and his family took control of this estate, which is one of the oldest in the region and is situated in Spitz, from his father in 1983. He has always been a perfectionist, a fact which is reflected in his top-quality wines that have been awarded numerous awards.
The vineyards at Weingut Hirtzberger are planted with 45% Grüner Veltliner, 40% Riesling and small quantities of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay account for the balance. All the wines are fermented in stainless steel and aged in classic 30-50 hectolitre wooden barrels.
The term Federspiel comes from falconry, where it was used to retrieve the pickling bird. Especially in the Wachau, falcon hunting was a common form of manorial hunting.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the medium+ nose aromas of apple, pear and apricot with hints of petrol, flowers and honey.
On the palate dry, medium+ bodied with medium acidity. Flavours of stone fruit, citrus, white pepper and yoghurt. The finish is long and round in the mouth. Ready to drink.