Monday, 25 April 2011

My first Knipser

Yes, it's taken this long.

I've heard and read loads over the years about this property. Maybe I've been deterred to date by the cost of buying their top wines, though I realise that quality has a price. Hence cheapskate here decides to purchase their red blend costing under 9 euro.

Weingut Knipser, Cuvée Gaudenz 2007, Pfalz
This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Dornfelder and Lemberger, i.e. a clash of native German varietals with Bordeaux's very own.

Opaque ruby with a violet rim. Paprika, redcurrant and cream on the nose. A couple of days later, these aromas metamorphose into blackcurranty, chocolately notes. Initially, that old friend Dornfelder dominates the palate with super-dry tannins and that rustic, rusty personality. In time, the Cabernet gradually takes over. For the price, this is certainly very good value if a little formulaic. All the same, this would nonplus and surprise any newcomers to German (red) wine.

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