Hirsch, with 20 ha of vineyards in production, is one of Austria’s rising stars. Great care is taken to achieve full physiological ripeness while natural yeasts and whole-bunch pressing are employed in order to enhance a natural expression of terroir. This is best seen in two contrasting premium Rieslings. The Gaisberg from mica-schist soils shows a mineral, citrus and subtle spice character and impressive flavour intensity while the sandstone of Heiligenstein imparts ripe fruit, mineral and spice but with great purity and expression. Both are long and best with at least 3-4 years’ age. Both Grüner Veltliner are stylish and expressive; Heiligenstein more classic, Lamm more mineral. The single vineyard wines are not bottled until the July following the harvest so only available in bottle with a minimum of a years’ age. All wines are bottled with screwcaps.
To find out more about Hirsch and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Austria..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines.