Emmerich Knoll Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd 2007
Knoll, pronounced with a K. Using old oak foudres are used exclusively and site expression is the ultimate goal. The Knolls have holdings in all the best sites and their quality is exemplified by their success in the now infamous UK tasting where an aged Knoll Grüner was the preferred wine in a field of Grand Cru white Burgundies.
‘Steep Terraces. Noble Grapes. Monumental Wines’ says the Austrian wine website and it is hard to disagree. A UNESCO world heritage site on the Danube that is 1350 hectares dedicated to quality Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. Some of the best white wines in the world are made here.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Find wonderful Riesling in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.
The Smaragd lizards bask in the warmest sites of the Wachau region. It stands to reason that the warmest sites allow for production of naturally concentrated and complex and therefore most treasured wines of the Wachau. Both Gruner Veltliner and Riesling Smaragd are worth seeking out in the Wachau