Wines from Knoll will be at Candid in the first or second week of February, 2015.
who grows the grapes at Weingut Emmerich Knoll? who makes the wines?
what wines do they make at Weingut Knoll?
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when did Weingut Knoll start? when might you open a bottle?
When one might open a bottle is very much tied to the level of ripeness at which the grapes were picked. The Wachau’s classification system includes Steinfelder (max alcohol of 11.5%), Federspeil (dry, and 11.5%-12.5%) and Smaragd (dry, minimum alcohol of 12.5%).
where is Weingut Emmerich Knoll?
As with any world class estate, the question is not so much where the winery is on a macro level, but where the grapes grow and how the producer distinguishes between sites. At Knoll, the macro level information about being on the eastern end of the Wachau speaks to warm days and cool nights tempered by their proximity to the Danube.
Looking more closely, Riesling is generally planted above Gruner on the slightly poorer, lighter topsoil that covers the granite bedrock. In the Schutt vineyard, Gruner thrives in the richer top soils that include the wash from the sites above, a combination of granite and loess. For more details, please see our survey of the soils at Knoll. (Coming soon).
why is Weingut Knoll a Candid Wine?
“The palate will display beautiful weight and texture and the balance will remind you of Nadia Nerina up on her tippy toes. The flavors of citrus and peach provide a nice counterpoint to the mild pipe tobacco note that swirls around in the background, mingling with intense bursts of saline and talc. Great fruit, great texture, balance and a dazzling display of acidity and minerality add up to one darn fine wine experience.”
how is the wine made at Weingut Knoll?
Above all is a focus on individual parcels and the different expression the grapes that grow on each. Pictured at right is the bottom portion of the Schutt vineyard that is planted to Grüner Veltliner, with the Danube in the distance. Riesling alone is planted upslope in the Höhereck vineyard and Loibenberg is divided between the two grapes. The area is described in great detail in Sommelier Journal, specifically with descriptions of what is planted where and why. For anyone trying to understand how the wines are made at Knoll, it’s well worth exploring.