Thursday, May 09, 2013
One Knoll and Three Hirtzberger
The never ending 'stream' of Austrian whites...and the first offers the most instantly recognised property with THAT label...which takes us back to when many German properties had similar labels.
Emmerich Knoll Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2011Wachau, Austria
The recently tried 2010 was more rounded and surpringly light for a Knoll. This is equally good with yellow fruits...some banana...the Smaragd 'sweet' touch and some spicy almonds.
Next up...a triple-pack from Hirtzberger
Franz Hirtzberger Grüner Veltliner
Smaragd Axpoint 2011
Stone fruits penetrate the nose...some green apples...wet stone flavours...peppery spice...and a long finish. Delicious and a rebuy.
I tried this with some spicy prawns...perfect...but with a couple of soft cheeses it went on strike.
Franz Hirtzberger Grauburgunder
Smaragd Pluris 2011
Spicy smoke...well..that is what I thought...tho it doesn't make sense...exotic style...elegant palate and aromatics...
Franz Hirtzberger Riesling
Federspiel Steinterrassen 2011
This was placed 2nd in a Federspiel Cup...loads of stony fruit with minerals abounding...citrus and acidity....