Weingut Knoll Gruner Veltliner Loibner Federspiel 2020

Austria - Wachau
Grüner Veltliner

From the alluvial Danube terrace, the 2020 Loibner Gruner Veltliner Federspiel offers a deep, intense, aromatic and classic varietal bouquet with white and yellow fruit aromas and spicy, peppery notes.  Medium-bodied and juicy, with a stimulating phenolic grip, this is a picture-book Veltliner with a stunning intense and persistent finish but moderate alcohol.  Tasted at the domaine in June 2021. Drink: 2021~2040 - WA90

The Winery

Weingut Emmerich Knoll is one of Austria's most well-known wine producers. The Knoll estate is located in the Wachau region, in the village of Unterloiben. It was established in 1825 and is still family-owned and operated. Knoll is best known for its age-worthy, expressive Riesling and Grüner Veltliner wines from unique sites on the northern bank of the Danube.

The estate covers 14 hectares (35 acres) on highly regarded vineyard sites including the Schütt, Loibenberg, Kellerberg, Kreutles and Pfaffenberg vineyards.

These sites are planted to around 45 percent Riesling and 45 percent Grüner Veltliner, with the remainder planted to Chardonnay, Yellow Muscat, Rivaner, Blauer Burgunder and Gelber Traminer. Soil types vary from site to site but are primarily composed of loess, loam, granite, and gneiss topsoils.

Emmerich Knoll is a member of the Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus and follows the association's strict quality control regulations and three-tier ranking system, producing Steinfeder, Federspiel and Smaragd level wines. Some of the estate's top wines include the Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd, Loibenberg Grüner Veltliner Smaragd, and Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese wines that are made only in vintages conductive to the development of botrytis.

The estate handpicks the grapes at specific ripeness and must weights, blocks malolactic fermentation for freshness, and uses large oak fourdres almost exclusively for an oxidative winemaking process. - Information from Wine Searcher



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