Hirtzberger Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Spitzer Rotes Tor 2003
Gruner Veltliner from Austria
"Classic Rotes Tor in the way it encases its ripeness in a firmly minerally package, this is powerful, even muscular. In this hot vintage, the ripely luscious fruit seems to exist purely as puppy fat, not at all detracting fromthe deeper underlying character of the wine. A hue Federspiel, beautiful in its terroir expression."
-Wine & Spirits
The Rotes Tor vineyard, on granatic soil high above the Danube, is one of the top sites of the Wachau. It produces Gruners of class and breeding and this one is no exception! Showing mineral, stone, chalk, and spice aromas.
Franz Hirtzberger and family reside in a 600 year old house at the base of the famed Singerriedl vineyard. The winery is located in hilly Spitz, at the western end of the Wachau, as the Danube snakes down from the mountains. The cool air of this area reinforces the minerality and delicacy of Hirtzberger's wines. The family is a pillar of the Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus organization that preserves the quality of the zones wines zone– Franz’s father was a founder and today Franz is the President. The Hirtzberger winemaking philosophy is simple: closely managed vineyards, natural yeasts, fermentation in stainless steel, aging in large oak for Gruner Veltliner and acacia for Riesling. View all Hirtzberger Wines
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.