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2006 Franz Hirtzberger Chardonnay Smaragd Schlossgarten
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2007

Medium green-yellow. Fresh yellow apple, pear and quince on the nose. Brisk, refreshing acidity balances noticeable residual sugar with considerable finesse. The green apple flavor carries through to the finish of this very appetizing unoaked chardonnay. Offers excellent potential for further development. Drink from 2008 to 2016.

88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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