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Knewitz, Reserve Chardonnay 2018
The wine shows slightly reductive in its youth with a subtle barrel influence laced with gentle roasted notes. These aromatics provide the framework for an intense, salty minerality and clear yet serious fruit. On the palate, the Chardonnay joins power and body with a pure, minimal elegance. This is a wine of exceptional depth and length, full-bodied with clear contours.
Made from Middle-aged vines grown in iron ore and limestone — from the coolest vineyards. Rheinhessen's "Little Burgundy" is located on the cool edges of the Steinacker forest and produces smoky, powerful and pure Chardonnays.
Rheinhessen is a land of rolling hills, so the long, very even slope facing due south seems out of the ordinary. Which it is: forty million years ago it was a coral reef in a prehistoric sea. It is almost pure limestone, and this makes the Knewitz wines particularly rich and taut. Tobias Knewitz took over the estate from his father in 2009 and is one of the rising stars of this exciting region. Together with his brother he produces superbly crafted Rieslings and excellent Chardonnays. He believes in long ageing on the lees, and bottles two of his top dry Rieslings a year after most other growers.