2015 Hirtzberger Axpoint Gruner Veltliner Smaragd, Wachau (750ml)

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Country: Austria
Region: Wachau
Grape Varietal: Gruner Veltliner
Review Score: 93V, 91WA

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Ripe white peach and Persian melon are wreathed with honeysuckle in this product of a November 3-4 picking. A silken and expansive palate preserves succulent fruit and alluring inner-mouth perfume while exhibiting transparency to almondy, piquant, stony and pronouncedly peppery nuances. The lusciously lingering finish epitomizes this bottling’s marriage of richness with animation and refreshment. (But yes, it’s true that one could be forgiven for thinking this a Riesling.)

93 points, David Schildknecht, Vinous (Feb 2017)

From 1996 planted vines, the 2015 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Spitzer Axpoint displays an intense and ripe fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, rich and smooth on the palate this is a charming and very juicy, fruit-intense wine with a ripe acidity, a stunningly firm tannin structure and some bitter flavors in the finish. The 2015 was picked highly ripe, but there was no longer maceration compared to the Rotes Tor Smaragd which is structured by its pure and refreshingly salty mineral acidity.

91 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 225 - Jun 2016)