2016 Hirsch Zöbing Riesling Kamptal

SKU #1406258 92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of sliced apple, apricot and pear follow through to a full body, bright acidity and a stone, slate and light sea salt aftertaste. Solid white. Drink now.  (10/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 A pleasantly fruity hint of russet-pear peel hits the nose first, followed by notes of lemon. Likewise, the palate combines tart freshness and fruity juiciness. The light palate is brisk and dry, showing a clean finish, with just a touch of zestiness.  (9/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Riesling Zöbing is a medium-bodied, well concentrated but light-footed dry Riesling with white peach flavors on the palate, lovely piquancy and refreshing grip on the finish. It is clear, straight, salty and a great pleasure to drink.  (12/2017)

Vinous

 Here is one of those many instances in vintage 2016 – especially chez Hirsch – where Riesling and Grüner Veltliner greatly resemble one another. To penetratingly aromatic and brightly juicy apple and lemon are added crunchy, earthy raw turnip, pungent green herbs and seedy, tangy fresh tomato. The feel is firm and the penetrating finish quite adamantly stony. (DS)  (12/2018)


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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2019 | Send Email
A beautiful, expressive and delicious dry Riesling that outperforms its price. In the nose there are subtle floral notes. In the mouth this wine is focused and full of energy, with nice, balanced fruit and a clean and crisp finish. There are also some mineral notes to complete the package.

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
Country:

Austria

- Austria is a well-respected wine-growing region in Europe. Yet, even though they make about a third the volume of wine as Germany, not many of these fine bottles make it to the shelves of American wine merchants or restaurants. Lucky for us, their anonymity has translated into incredible value from simple, everyday whites to exquisite dessert wines. Austria shares many grape varieties with Germany—Riesling is king here, too. But the style of Austrian whites is much dryer and more potent. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's second-most-important varietal and makes whites of great versatility and pleasure.
Alcohol Content (%): 12