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2015 Emmerich Knoll Riesling Schütt Smaragd
Viticulturist: Knoll family
Location: Wachau/ Dürnstein
Elevation/ Altitude: 240 m
Exposition: foot of the mountain
Soil type: pure primary rock, Gneiss based
Vineyard’s style: most minerality, very focused, straight and powerful wines
Methods of training: modified Moser Training System
Density of planting: 3,500 - 4,000 per hectare / 2.40 – 2.80m row spacing
Average vine age of this vineyard: 5 to 50 years, average: 25 years
Harvesting: by hand; selective harvest; rarely green harvest
No destemming, skin contact, no carbonic maceration, pneumatic press
Yeast: cultured and natural yeast
Fermentation vessel: cask and stainless steel tank from 500 to 5,000 litres depending on batch quantity
Fermentation length & temperature: 10 - 20 days, 23 - 26 degrees
Lees ageing & batonnage: 6 - 8 months, no bâtonnage
Floral honey and delicate exotic fruit notes, but also a minty freshness. What stunning energy this has! The considerable power of this wine is barely perceptible. A breathtakingly vital finish with no hint of opulence. Could age for many decades if you've got the patience.
The Real Review
Wonderful fragrance of honey, citrus fruits and florals, a really sublime nose! Concentrated, deep and powerful in the mouth. Magical line and precision. Sweetness is in balance. A great wine.
The most multidimensional of its vintage’s Knoll Rieslings, this combines the focus, brightness, extract-richness and animation of the corresponding Pfaffenberg Selektion with extra measures of textural silkiness and depth of fruit. Succulent white peach is complemented by juiciness of fresh lime and piquancy of hazelnut and peach kernel, along with a fascinating range of marine mineral nuances. The finish is forceful and saliva-inducing, full of intrigue, yet never abandons vintage-typical fruitiness or forgets Riesling’s obligation to refresh.
The 2015 Dürnsteiner Riesling Ried Schütt Smaragd offers a super ripe and intense, herbal-flavored bouquet of ripe golden delicious apples. Full-bodied, elegant and fresh this is a powerful and pretty rich Riesling with grip and tension, but it lacks the coolish character of the Kellerberg or even the Steinertal.
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About Emmerich Knoll