Mosel Terraces | Winningen

Matthias Knebel has become synonymous with the revolution in German wine quality. His fidelity to painstaking, handwrought viticulture in the unique landscape of the Mosel Terraces yields extraordinary results across his range, from a ridiculously undervalued village bottling to the magnificent GGs. The wines, from one of the most dynamic yet overlooked regions in Germany, deliver unadulterated intensity with an emphasis on texture, minerality, purity, and superb finesse.

Knebel 2016 Röttgen Riesling Grosses Gewächs

Here is Matthias’ first Grosses Gewächs from Röttgen, a Devonian slate site with loess and quartzite. It’s one of the steepest sites along the river, just downstream from the village. Here, to mitigate against climate change, Matthias has moved from pole trellising to horizontal wire trellises up the hill which allows for wind movement and for the lower rows to shade the grapes on the upper rows to prevent sun burnt grapes. The 2016 vintage gave Matthias homeopathic quantities from Röttgen, just 625L only, but what he made of it is quite a first GG from this estate. It’s pure Mosel in its elegance and filigreed structure. Aromas of pineapple, passionfruit and anise fill the glass. The palate shows grapefruit and a slight bitter almond component which keeps the wine focused. This is not a rich GG, but a delicate and expressive one. In a word: Yummy!

  • 2016
  • Riesling
  • Grosse Gewächs
  • Germany
  • Mosel
  • Mosel Terraces
  • Sustainable: Fair 'N Green
  • Röttgen
  • Southeast
  • Devonian slate, loess, quartzite
  • Stainless steel
  • Stainless steel
  • 7.2
  • 750 ml

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