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Robert Weil Turmberg Trocken Riesling 2022

Robert Weil Turmberg Trocken Riesling 2022

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Again the vines here are in the 30-50 year old range. The name Turmberg (literally 'tower hill') derives from the last surviving tower of the former castle, Burg Scharfenstein (12th century), that sits dramatically atop the vineyard. In 2005, Weil succeeded in having this 3.8 hectare vineyard reinstated as an individual classified site in the vineyard register. Historically it has always been a separate vineyard; reflecting this vineyard's distinctive terroir; but the infamous wine law of 1971 made it a part of the Gräfenberg (a more revered yet quite different site). The Kiedrich Turmberg is a monopole, owned in its entirety by the Robert Weil Estate and, alongside Gräfenberg, is classified as a Grosse Lage (though Weil chooses not to bottle a Grosses Gewächs from this site). 

With its base of phyllite rock (metamorphosed slate) and thin topsoil, the Turmberg displays more obvious mineral voltage than the Klosterberg. - 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

Product Type Wine White Riesling
Volume 750ml
Country Germany
Region Rheingau
Sub Region Turmberg
Winemaking Practices Conventional
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic