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Weingut Knipser – 17/02/2012

Blauer Spatburgunder 2009
Quite intense dark fruit, and is more like a cabernet franc than a pinot noir.

Kalkmergel Spatburgunder 2009
Very aromatic, having a red berry and slight leather component, and was quite dense yet supple on the palate finishing somewhat earthy like the Blauer Spatburgunder of the same vintage.

Kirscharten Grosses Gewachs Spatburgunder 2007
Very intense yet subtle, combining forest fruits and black cherry with velvety tannins and persistent length.

Kirscharten Grosses Gewachs Spatburgunder 2008
Much tighter in the tannins and brighter on the nose, showing more minerality and freshness.

Burgweg Grosses Gewachs Spatburgunder 2008
Much softer earthier palate with broader tannins, red fruit freshness and less acid concentration.

The winery also makes wines from other red varieties such as syrah and Bordeaux grapes, but the wines are less consistent and better in warm vintages.

Laumersheimer Kapellenberg Trockenbeerenauslese 2003
Deemed the best dessert wine in the world by Decanter Magazine. It was a rich bronze colour, had a very subtle quiet nose, and on the palate combined walnuts, cornbread, treacle and dried muscatels.

Knipser Burgweg 2008 GG Spatburgunder

Knipser Burgweg 2008 GG Spatburgunder

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Outside the square (Pfalz, Germany – Day Three)

After two and a half weeks of sub-zero temperatures, seven degree temperatures feel positively balmy in comparison. It’s almost to the point that I don’t need to wear my thermals under my clothes every time I go outside. It is nice to get to the point now when I am actually noticing a difference in my understanding of not only riesling, but also German riesling. My palate has picked up enough experience in the past three weeks to be able to detect subtle differences between vineyard sites within the same region, and the subtleties of style between producers and regions. My limited experience with German riesling back home was negligible at best, but at least I was able to determine quality. It is so nice to be able to take that further and understand the nuances, particularly when working with the top grosses lager wines and sweet wines. My appreciation and respect for these wines has risen sharply, so much so that German white wines are some of the finest and diverse I have ever tasted.

Old barrels in the cellars of von Buhl

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