About Emmerich Knoll
2012 Emmerich Knoll Grüner Veltliner Loibenberg Smaragd
Viticulturist: Knoll family
Location: Wachau/ Unter-Loiben
Elevation/Altitude: 260 - 350 m
Exposition: South/stone terraced vineyards
Soil type: Loess over Gneiss parent stone
Vineyard’s style: Warmest climate, creamy, intense, round and yellow wines, sometimes tobacco flavours
Methods of training Modified Moser training System
Density of planting: 5,000 – 6,500 per hectare / 2.40 – 2.80m row spacing
Average vine age of this vineyard: 10 to 50 years; average 28 years
Harvesting: By hand; selective harvest; green harvest if necessary
Pre-fermentation: No destemming, skin contact, no carbonic maceration, pneumatic press
Yeast: Cultured and natural yeast
Fermentation vessel size & material: Cask and stainless steel tank from 500 to 5,000 litres depending on batch quantity
Fermentation length & temperature: 5- 15 days, 23 - 26 degrees
Lees ageing: 6 - 8 months, no bâtonnage
Racking : Twice
Closure: Natural cork
"Riper fruit nose than the Schütt 2012, citrus and white pepper still there but also a touch of apricot and blossom. Tighter and crisper on the palate, still intense but less broad and rich in the mouth but more gentle. 17/20."
A subtle peach fragrance is lifted by nuances of herbal spices, white pepper and wet stone. Despite its considerable power and complexity, this wine remains comparatively light on its feet thanks to its subtle acidity and firm mineral core. A well-balanced wine with surprising intensity and persistence, this is one of the most impressive of Knoll's grüner veltliners.
Bold, rich and ripe, showing unctuous and complex flavors of peach cobbler, baked apple and dried pear, flanked by notes of dried mango and pineapple. Features crème brûlée hints midpalate, with dried apricot and golden raisin details lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2022.
The Knoll 2012 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibenberg delivers an alliance of sweet pea with rich, cardamom and nutmeg-tinged peachy fruit that is characteristic of this bottling in ripe vintages. A hint of stone serves as a fascinating counterpoint in a polished, sustained, very slightly warm finish. Plan to follow this through 2025 and anticipate some further complexity emerging from today’s already impressive performance.
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About Emmerich Knoll