2020 Emmerich Knoll Ried Loibenberg Riesling Federspiel comes from the Loibenberg vineyard, which is a south-facing slope at an elevation of 280 to 380m on weathering bedrock with gneiss components. Vines are 25 years old on average (ranging from 5 to 45 years) and are planted at 5,000- 6,000 per hectare.
Fermentation takes place in cask and stainless-steel tanks with a capacity of 500 to 5,000 litres, depending on the batch quality. 100% hand harvest, with no destemming. Airbag pressed with three to six hours' skin contact. Fermentation with native and cultured yeast goes for between five and 10 days, with temperatures at 20 to 23°C. The wine is aged on lees for a minimum of four months, with no bâtonnage. Alcohol 12.5%; RS 2.7g/L; acidity 8.4g/L.
'Fine nectarine and fresh-pineapple aromas, plus a ripe and silky personality mark this medium-bodied dry Riesling as something exceptional in the 2020 context. Long, polished finish. Drink or hold.' - 92 points. Stuart Pigott, jamessuckling.com May 2021