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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Certified Sustainable|
From the importer:
The Knebel family has been growing grapes in the village of Winningen since 1643 but the current incarnation of this estate is relatively young having been established by Rheinhard and Beate Knebel in 1990. Now led by their son, 34 year-old dynamo Matthias, the Knebel name has become synonymous with the revolution of quality winemaking in Germany over the last 15 or 20 years. Today, Matthias is working 6.5 hectares of vines in some of the steepest, most foreboding terraces in the world of viticulture. Uhlen is the most famous of Knebel's vineyards and is undoubtedly one of the most impressive terraced vineyards in the world. Matthias has three parcels in the Uhlen, the “Blaufüsser Lay” (blue slate), “Laubach” (shell-bearing grey slate), and “Rothlay” (red slate with quartzite and sandstone), and grapes from each parcel are blended together. A mere 725 liters of this was harvested in 2016. White grapefruit, anise, jasmine and fennel notes dominate with an intricately structured palate of fruit, acidity and salt. There’s a pleasant sandalwood quality also in the finish which gives it breadth and length. The palate shows pear and apricot supported by a core of minerality. The 8.5 grams residual sugar gives length to the finish and supports the body of the wine. Certified sustainable.