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Austrian wine question for those in the know!!

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:59 am

`03 Franz Hirtzberger Rotes Tor Federspiel GV

Have a chance to pick some up, $29 Cdn. Only 2 cases and will go fast. Any imput will be welcome.[/i]
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Re: Austrian wine question for those in the know!!

by Robin Garr » Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:20 am

Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:`03 Franz Hirtzberger Rotes Tor Federspiel GV

Have a chance to pick some up, $29 Cdn. Only 2 cases and will go fast. Any imput will be welcome.[/i]


Bob, I don't know that particular wine or producer, but a couple of thoughts: <I>Federspiel</I> is the Winea Wachau's medium-weight designation for Wachau GV, lighter than <i>Smaragd</i>, weightier than <I>Steinfeder</I>. Some authorities liken it to German <I>Kabinett</I> in terms of must weight, but that's a little misleading since GV is almost always dry.

I'd also wonder how the hot summer of '03 affected Austria and whether untypical ripeness is an issue, but can't cite chapter and verse.

Bottom line, over $20 US for a <I>Federspiel</i> from a possibly iffy vintage sounds a little spendy. But I hope someone with actual tasting experience of this specific wine will step up to the plate.
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Re: Austrian wine question for those in the know!!

by Florida Jim » Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:36 pm

Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:`03 Franz Hirtzberger Rotes Tor Federspiel GV


Top producer, good terroir, lousy year (in general), under 12% alcohol.
I have not tasted it.
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Re: Austrian wine question for those in the know!!

by Lou Kessler » Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:47 pm

Not really a good example of what Hirtzberger can do with GV. Look for the 2005 which has just been released. The price is not all that great on the 03 either.
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Re: Austrian wine question for those in the know!!

by Bob Ross » Sat Oct 14, 2006 9:00 pm

Like others, Bob, I would pass. I tasted this wine but didn't find anything home. Decided not to write a note, but to try some other vintages first. 2005? -- on order, and I'll revert if I like it better.
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Re: Austrian wine question for those in the know!!

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Oct 19, 2006 1:45 am

Bob Ross wrote:Like others, Bob, I would pass. I tasted this wine but didn't find anything home. Decided not to write a note, but to try some other vintages first. 2005? -- on order, and I'll revert if I like it better.


Well, all you guys were spot on!! This GV was one of the whites in the Blind Team Challenge tonite and it was nothing extra-ordinary.In fact, hardly any team got it! I thought (whisper) it was a sauv blanc from who-knows-where?
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