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WTN / WT101: Hirsch 2004 "Veltliner #1" Kamptal Grüner Veltliner

by Robin Garr » Wed May 03, 2006 10:47 am

<table border="0" align="right" width="115"><tr><td><img src="http://www.wineloverspage.com/graphics1/hirs0403.jpg" border="1" align="right"></td></tr></table>Hirsch 2004 "Veltliner #1" Kamptal Grüner Veltliner ($10)

This wine's clear golden color is transparent and very pale, typical of GV, and its white-fruit and green-pea aromas are similarly characteristic of the grape. Crisp and citric, dry and tart, it's a bit on the simple side, but mouth-watering and food-friendly, with an attractive touch of "rainwater" minerality developing as the wine warms in the glass. (The producer numbers this screw-capped bottling sequentially, by the way; the 2004 vintage is marketed in Europe as "Veltliner #3," but the U.S. label retains "#1" for all vintages.) U.S. importer: Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; a Terry Theise Estate Selection. (April 3, 2006)

<B>FOOD MATCH:</b> One of the most versatile and food-friendly of wines, GV pairs well with veal or pork, poultry and fish, and it's developing a reputation as an exceptional match with Asian fare. It passed that test well with a simple "fusion" dish that added a touch of Southeast Asian spice to light veal <I>polpettone in brodo</I>.

<B>VALUE:</B> Although more dollars might bring more lean and structured and perhaps more complex GV, it's going to be hard to find a better white wine than this in the $10 range.

<B>WHEN TO DRINK:</B> Drink it now or hold it for 5 to 10 years under good cellar conditions: Another aspect of GV's appeal is that you can drink it young or drink it old with satisfaction.

<B>WEB LINK:</B> The Hirsch Website is colorful and content-rich, available in German and English. (The home page comes up in German; click the "English" link in the right-hand column to summon the alternate site.)

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Re: WTN / WT101: Hirsch 2004 "Veltliner #1" Kamptal Grüner Veltliner

by Michael Pronay » Fri May 05, 2006 5:39 am

Note that Hannes Hirsch bottles his entire prodiction under screwcaps since vintage 2003.
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Re: WTN / WT101: Hirsch 2004 "Veltliner #1" Kamptal Grüner Veltliner

by Bob Henrick » Fri May 05, 2006 6:30 am

Hi Michael. We don't see nearly enough of you on the forum, good to see you posting again.
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Re: WTN / WT101: Hirsch 2004 "Veltliner #1" Kamptal Grüner Veltliner

by Robin Garr » Fri May 05, 2006 8:06 am

Michael Pronay wrote:Note that Hannes Hirsch bottles his entire prodiction under screwcaps since vintage 2003.


Hello, Michael! Good to see you ... and thank you for the factoid. I have had earlier Hirsch vintages under cork, and did not know that the change was universal throughout the line.
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Re: WTN / WT101: Hirsch 2004 "Veltliner #1" Kamptal Grüner Veltliner

by David M. Bueker » Fri May 05, 2006 9:41 am

Some 2002 wines from Hirsch are also under screwcap. The 2002 Riesling Gaisberg was capped, but back then the Veltliner #1 was under synthetic.
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Re: WTN / WT101: Hirsch 2004 "Veltliner #1" Kamptal Grüner Veltliner

by Manuel Camblor » Fri May 05, 2006 9:53 am

A delicious little quaffer, this Hirsch "#1". It's been consistent on the two or three vintages I've found at Garnet. Can't beat it for $10, I say. For another lovely little Veltliner at a similar price, there's Fritsch's, which I think retails for around $11.
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Re: WTN / WT101: Hirsch 2004 "Veltliner #1" Kamptal Grüner Veltliner

by Michael Pronay » Fri May 05, 2006 12:54 pm

Hannes Hirsch started to bottle his top Grüner Veltliner (Lamm) and Riesling (Heiligenstein) under screwcap with the vintage 2002. There was an early (April 2003) and late (September 2003) bottling; the labels mention "April" or "September". Beginning with vintage 2003 all wines went under screwcap, and the top wines were all bottled at one time in autumn 2004.
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