2018 Franz Hirtzberger Rotes Tor Grüner Veltliner Federspiel

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2018 Franz Hirtzberger Rotes Tor Grüner Veltliner Federspiel

According to myth the Rote Tor (red gate) is part of the old town wall, which was saturated with blood, during the Swedish Wars in 1630. 

Tasting Notes

This is a classic Grüner, savory and lean, yet elegant with just a touch of ripe stone fruit. Federspiel is the middle-level ripeness designation in the Wachau.

The Wine

Benchmark producer Hirtzberger’s top Grüner Veltliner comes from the Rotes Tor 'red gate' vineyard in the western Wachau, a cooler site on mica and schist, leading to a wine that is extraordinarily deep and complex. 

A blend from their Grüner Veltliner vineyards. The grapes are picked 2-3 weeks before the Smaragd harvest. 


  • 90 points Wine Advocate

    "Assembling the fruit from several vineyards that were picked in the first half of October, the 2018 Spitz Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Rotes Tor offers a clear, ripe and elegant nose of tropical fruits intermixed with elegant and flinty terroir notes. Ripe and piquant on the crystalline and salty palate, this is an elegant and already pretty complex Veltliner with an aromatic and refreshing, elegant finish with good grip. 12.5% alcohol. Tasted at the domain in September 2019. (SR)" (3/2020)

    • 91 points Robert Parker

    "The 2017 Spitz Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Rotes Tor is clear, fresh and bright on the nose. Slightly buttery on the palate, this is a rich and powerful yet piquant and salty Veltliner with lush fruit and a long finish. Tasted in Spitz, September 2018." -Robert Parker

    • 90 points Decanter

    "Rich and sleek, this is concentrated but refreshing, with enough extract to give grip and weight. Long and complex, with good potential."


      Year 2018
      Bottle Size 750ml
      Cultivar 100% Grüner Veltliner
      Country Austria
      Alcohol content
      12.5% alc vol 
      Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.4 units
      Type White Wine
      Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
      Dietary Information
      Sustainable Farming
      Origin Wachau