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Emmerich Knoll Gruner Veltliner Vinothekfullung Smaragd 2013

Emmerich Knoll Gruner Veltliner Vinothekfullung Smaragd 2013

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"Always made with botrytis grapes, the 2013 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Vinothekfullung offers a very clear and intense, though noble and fresh, aroma of honeydew melon, pineapples and hints of lychee. Very rich in extract and highly concentrated on the palate, this opulent yet still well-balanced wine is one to be enjoyed in small sips rather than in bottles (at least when it's so young). This is an impressively rich and velvety textured wine, indeed, though it lacks the tension and freshness of the Schütt at the moment. Drink: 2015-2035. 94 points

Emmerich Knoll has probably the finest collection of 2013s along the Danube river. The Smaragd wines of the family are full-bodied, complex, precise and highly elegant. I was too late, unfortunately, to taste all the Federspiele (they were sold out since a long time) but I am pretty sure these will be highlights too in the 2014 vintage. Emmerich junior describes the 2013s as "lean, straight and very precise" with "acidity levels on the top edge." "I like that," says Emmerich Jr. "because it proves that it is still the vintage that makes the wine and not the wine grower." He describes 2013 as "the contrary of 2011," (which was a warm vintage) and puts 2012 "in the middle of 2011 and 2013 but tendentially more towards 2011 than 2013". He believes that 2013 will be "a very keepable vintage." "The wines are still so fresh and youthful and the alcohol levels are not above 13 or 13.5% even in the Smaragd category, which are carried by their beautiful acidity." Like Roman Horvath, Emmy Knoll also believes that 2013 is the greatest of the past three vintages.

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (218)