2020 Emmerich Knoll Grüner Veltliner Loibner Federspiel is classified as Ortswein (village wine) and comes from various sites around the family home. The vines are generally planted on flat land with an elevation of about 200m. The soils include the floodplain, with sand on Danube gravel. Vines are 25 years old on average (ranging from 5 to 45 years) and are planted at 3,500-4,000 per hectare. 100% hand harvest, with no destemming. Airbag pressed with one to four hours' skin contact. Fermentation takes place in cask and stainless-steel tanks with a capacity of 500 to 5,000 litres, depending on the batch quality. 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%; RS 1.2g/L; acidity 6.2g/L.
Yellow fruit with a whiff of fennel and radish spiciness. It has a fleshy feel and powdery texture, bright acidity, lemon zest, a nutty and saline character, a hit of pepper, and a gently bitter finish of excellent length. Weighty, but still kind of light on its feet. Always a lovely drink, and so it is in 2020. 93 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front August 2021