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Emmerich Knoll: Master of a Range of Styles & Wachau Terroirs
Expression of the vineyard site is paramount, and Knoll's vineyard holdings are some of the best in Austria. This is exemplified by their success in the now infamous UK tasting in 2002 where a 1990 Knoll Grüner beat a field of Grand Cru white Burgundies. Knoll has holdings in Kellerberg, Kreutles, Loibenberg and Schütt in the Wachau as well as the Pfaffenberg site in the neighboring region of Kremstal. In this video, Emmerich Knoll III is standing in the Pfaffenberg Vineyard which in on the border of the Wachau and Kremstal. The 100 year-old vineyard site actually bears the Kremstal appellation, and the Knolls make excellent Riesling and dessert wines from this site. Emmerich is looking down onto the Wachau and the Knoll vineyard sites Kreutles, Loibenberg, Kellerberg and Schütt and is explaing the soils.
Emmerich Knoll Sr. is the current chairman of the organization Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus, which governs the winemaking ethics in the Wachau, and was responsible for the creation of the Federspiel and Smaragd designates. The Vinea Wachau realizes three categories for wine: Smaragd, Federspiel and Steinfeder. This association was founded in 1983.
Emmerich Knoll doesn’t like overpowered, exuberant wines. Tight, concentrated wines which show their power packed - that’s the credo of the estate. Knoll’s wines are generally regarded as late developers with tremendous aging potential, the best of which will keep for decades.
Emmerich Knoll (500 ml) 2008 Traminer Smaragd