Absolutely sublime! All the hype about the Weil wines has come true in this wine. Out of the lineup this was definitely the pick. Slight residual sugar that is nothing but balanced with it's acidity. Aromatic and complex on the nose showing quince, sweet peach and white flowers. The palate is also sophisticated with stupendous length and talcy texture. This is Rielsing at its absolute best! - Chris L
The vineyard of Kiedrich Gräfenberg (literally, the ‘Hill of the Counts’) has been used to designate Robert Weil’s finest wines since the site was classified as “Weinlage 1 Klasse” in 1867. Home to Weil’s oldest vines—up to 80 years of age with the majority on their own rootstock—it makes perfect sense that Weil’s single Grosse Gewächs derives from this legendary site. Weil's aim has been to produce a wine in a similar style to the full-bodied dry wines produced in the Rheingau a century ago (when the region’s finest Rieslings were the most expensive wines in the world). Despite the high quality of the Turmberg and Klosterberg, this is clearly on another level. It’s the most intense, deep, powerful and complex Riesling from the Estate, and perhaps from the Rheingau full stop. It’s raised on lees and a minimum of 80% is matured in large, neutral oak Doppelstückfass (large Stockinger casks) and in spite of its power, it displays stunning clarity and eye-of-the-needle precision. - Importer Note
The Rheingau wines of Robert Weil have reached well beyond cult status and today are revered across the globe as some of Germany's most superlative Rieslings. Based in the town of Kiedrich, Weil's wines are fuelled by the three epic, high altitude, south facing vineyards of Klosterberg, Turmberg and most famously, Gräfenberg, all situated in the foothills of the Taunus Mountains. From these historic sites, Wilhelm Weil, a pioneer of 'earth to glass' wine growing, guides Rheingau Riesling to its most seamless, precise expression and in doing so produces some of the world's most inspirational Rieslings.
While Wilhelm Weil's meticulous, everything by hand, berry by berry, approach, is a key factor in understanding the remarkable precision of these wines, it is, as always, the vineyards that dictate the ultimate quality and personality of the wines produced. These steep, stony, mineral rich vineyards are managed in order to maximise their terroir. Herbicides are never used, and as the aim here is to encourage life in the soil, only organic manure is applied and cover crops are grown to add to the organic matter. Grapes are harvested by hand with as many as 17 passes through the vineyard, ensuring only the most pristine and perfectly ripe grapes make it into each wine. In the winery all fruit receives a pre-ferment maceration, typically between 6-24 hours (or a lengthy 72 hours for the Erstes Gewächs). There is a very gentle pressing of whole berries, the musts are allowed to start fermenting naturally and spend varying time on lees subject to the cuvée.
The Rheingau was historically Germany's most revered vineyard region and once produced the world's most expensive wines. You only need to glance at a wine map of Germany to see why. This is Riesling's Côte d'Or; a series of sheer, south facing, rocky slopes that maximise exposure to the sun and protect the vines from the bitter northern winds. It is this confluence of natural elements that enables Riesling to perfectly ripen at this very marginal, northern climate. With some of the highest (up to 780 ft ASL) and most revered vineyards in the region, Robert Weil is today the superstar of the Rheingau. - Importer Note
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