Hirtzberger Rotes Tor Gruner Veltliner 2015
Have you ever felt the POWER of the Wachau?
I have – in this wine: Hirtzberger’s Rotes Tor Gruner Veltliner.
To say this wine is powerful, or great, or delicious, doesn’t quite sum it up. This wine will change you, change your opinion about Gruner Veltliner, and completely change your palate – as they have mine. Such is the power of the Wachau: massive complexity combined with mineral elegance.
According to myth, Rotes Tor (“the Red Gate”) Vineyard gets its name from the surrounding old town wall, which was saturated with blood during the Swedish wars. The soil is gneiss, mica and schist, the slope is south east, and the wine’s aromas are simply captivating: green apple, red currant, cinnamon spice, mango, papaya, and curry fill the palate with glycerol fruit. On the palate white peaches, acacia, and Szechuan peppercorns combine with the flavors of the nose in a rich layered character in the mouth that continues into the finish, which is loaded with blood orange, grapefruit, persimmon, pepper, nut paste and brown spices. Its finish goes on and on.
Years ago, when I was first introduced to this kind of Gruner Veltliner, it was from Hirtzberger. I still remember that first taste of their Gruner Veltliners so many years ago. There is so much going on in this wine that you’ll remember it too. Can a white wine be more robust and structural than White Burgundy? Yes – with Wachau Gruner Veltliner.
I last sold this wine in 2013, with the 2011 vintage. As those of you who are fans of this wine know, I don’t get it very often – just four vintages in the entire history of my company: 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2015. Get what you can, while I still have it.