A colorful label with the votive painting of Saint Urban, the patron of winemakers, created by Siegfried Stoitzner in the 1960´s, indicates one of Austria´s most famous wineries: Knoll.
Knoll´s Gruener Veltliner vines in the exceptional Loibenberg vineyard grow in terrace cultivation on weathered gneissic rock (“gneiss”).
Since the 1986 release the term “Smaragd” marks the highest quality level of Wachau wines with at least 12,5% alcohol, which are traditionally made and fully fermented.
Only grapes which have reached full physiological ripeness are allowed – actually some winemakers welcome even a little portion of botrytis 😉
Our 1998 Loibner Grüner Veltliner has aged gracefully.
Bottle and cork are flawless. 13,5% alc.
Bright Golden- Yellow.
Decent aromas of (dried) Stonefruit and some Grapefruit.
Smoky Minerality and Crushed Rocks.
Multi-layered and diverse aromatics of Fresh Herbs (Lemon Balm!), Shaved Parmesan and Honey (-liqueur).
Harmonious, soft and of great complexity!
Fine flavors of Stone- and Tropical Fruits; mostly Grapefruit and Peach (-nectar).
Soft Herbal Spiciness and Parmesan Cheese. Traces of Salt.
Vital, but Filigree Acidity and Fine Minerality.
Long and harmonious finish with little Pepper and Anise Spicyness.
Alive, while comforting with soft texture and very finely spun layers.
Refinement, Elegance, Balance and impressive Complexity come together in an exciting wine, which is definitely setting the benchmark for Grüner Veltliner not only in Austria!
While already nicely integrated, the 1998 Loibner Veltliner is still in perfect shape for many years of development.