As early as the mid 80s the Knipser brothers presented their first red wines of international standard. Since then, they have put all efforts into optimising both wine quality and improving the terroir. Their focus is Große Gewächse Riesling and Pinot Noir.
This wine originates in the core of the parcel ”Im großen Garten“; a relatively steep south-facing slope in the Eckbach valley. The top-soil being heavy, interspersed with small limestone rocks over limestone resembles the soils in Côte d'Or.
The wine’s intense aroma is reminiscent of mature raspberries, has great mineralic depth and a long aftertaste.
This cuvée, intense in colour, is a great estate wine that can serve as an alternative to our Pinot Noir.
The base is Cabernet and Dornfelder, which is supplemented with varying shares of other red grape varieties. Due to the maturing in used, older barrique, the wine benefits from distinct notes of cassis and other red fruit.
The name ”Gaudenz“ has been chosen as an homage to an ancestor of the Knipser family (see origins).
This is our flagship wine inspired by the classic Bordeaux cuvée. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot in the Médoc style.
We mature this wine mostly in new barrique for about 18-20 months rewarding us with spicy aroma of cassis, tabac, coffee and cedar.
This wine has a long ageing potential and is available in Magnums.
The Dornfelder is a newer grape variety that is well-established in the whole of Palatinate. In 1981 vines were planted in the vineyard site ”Laumersheimer Kirschgarten“.
The wine matures in new barrique for about 18-20 months resulting in an almost black, spicy and textured wine.
In the last few years the Dornfelder grape has attracted some controversy and we have since cleared this vineyard after harvest in 2007. Hence, there will be no Dornfelder from this site after 2007.
This classic Pinot Noir originates from our premium site ”Burgweg“ and is strongly influenced by the limestone terroir. We vinfiy this wine in new or second fill barriques for about 18 to 20 months. The end result is a red wine in the Burgundy style with raspberry and cherry aromas.
In its youth the wine displays tight tannins that help the wine to age for about 10 years.
The ”St. Laurent“ grape is indigenous to the Palatinate region.
In the premium vineyard ”Burgweg“ the St. Laurent grapes bring forward a wine that is savoury, mineralic and has a cherry aroma.
They mature mostly in new barriques (partly from Palatinate oak) for about 18-20 months. These wines have a long ageing potential.