2003 Franz Hirtzberger Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Honivogl - Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau (1/3/2018)
Pours a medium yellow. On pop and pour the nose is marked by an unpleasant petrol aroma, but after an hour it transforms into smoke, green pepper and minerals. The palate is smoky, with grapefruit, minerals and a vegetal streak that seems to gather at the midpalate. There’s a significant density on the palate, but the acidity provides a nice counterbalance. Finishes with a wooly note that I associate with Chenin Blanc.
A very interesting wine, but not in my wheelhouse. To my tastes fully mature/slightly past peak.
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