2016 Hirsch Gaisberg Riesling Kamptal (Biodynamic) (Previously $50)

SKU #1409611 92 points Vinous

 Peach, orange, lime, oregano, peony, rowan and carnation combine for a pungent and (given that it’s Gaisberg we’re talking about) unexpectedly floral nose. The midpalate is glossy and richly fruited yet delightfully buoyant and brightly juicy, with the effusive array of floral elements persisting as inner-mouth perfume. Zesty citrus peel and piquant apricot kernel lend stimulating counterpoint to an impressively sustained finish suffused with mouthwatering salinity. (DS)  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

Stephan Reinhardt writes: "Johannes Hirsch continues to produce very clear, vital and digestible wines with bright fruit and a food-friendly structure. The Rieslings and Veltliners—all farmed biodynamic—are finessed and possess a great definition and clarity. With the 2015 vintage, Hirsch has introduced a new Grüner Veltliner from the Kammerner Gaisberg. It contains a bit of Riesling (8%) that is also planted on the upper terraces of the 1ÖTW site. In 2015 both varieties were harvested and processed separately before the assemblage whereas they were fermented together in 2016. The upper Gaisberg terraces are very poor, and the vines root partly in mica schist, which gives the Gaisberg Grüner Veltliner a very distinctive character. Hirsch's series of 2016s is one of the finest in Lower Austria."

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