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Knewitz, Riesling Rheinhessen 2019
Two brothers in their 20's run this small family estate and they are establishing a fine reputation for themselves. They have some vineyards with the highest pure limestone content in Germany and this brings a very precise style of dry Riesling. Organic grapes are hand-picked and fermented spontaneously in stainless steel. The result is a crisp, super-refreshing, applely, textured dry style. I believe that they are really well-priced as they grow their reputation, so Riesling nuts out there should what this space!
Fermented in Stainless steel at cooler temperatures to prevent Malolactic fermentation and retain freshness.
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.