Weiser-Kunstler 2018 Riesling Kabinett, Schlossberg, Mosel

Weiser-Kunstler 2018 Riesling Kabinett, Schlossberg, Mosel

Item Number: 13092

UPC: None

Country: Germany
Region: Mosel
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Schlossberg Vineyard
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 9.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Vintage Notes from Mosel Fine Wines 6/2019: "Once again, Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler underline why they are among the finest growers of the Mosel. The estate produced a stunning portfolio of wines which completely transcends the usual soft ripeness of the vintage. The wines have presence but also have this telltale filigreed refinement which has made the success of the Estate over the years...
Konstantin Weiser is hugely satisfied with his 2018 vintage: 'Overall, I’m always skeptical of warm and sunny vintages such as 2018 given that this yields bigger and riper wines than those I usually prefer. But I really like our 2018s which remain playful and are not at all broad. But first things first: The growing season was a dream for an organic grower such as us. We had some peronospora nests in the Wolfer Sonnenlay and in our newly tended Trarbacher Taubenhaus. But for the rest, we hardly had any issue as spring and summer were essentially dry. I’m actually surprised that the grapes didn’t suffer from this. The vines developed rapidly and we knew from past warm vintages such as 2007, 2006 and 2005 that the priority was to preserve the acidity. We started our harvest really early, on September 21 and finished it already by October 13. We first focused on getting real Kabinett level grapes. This proved the right decision as we only had three vineyards where we harvested grapes with less than 90° Oechsle. We did whole-bunch pressing and limited any pre-fermentation cold soak to protect the acidity. As I mentioned in the beginning of our discussion, I’m really happy with the result. The wines are enjoyable, consumer-friendly but with real depth and good zest.'"

Vineyard Notes: Weiser-Künstler is a member of Der Klitzkleine Ring, which is a small circle of growers who show their wines together and labor in saving plots of old, precious Riesling vines on steep, slate slopes from being cut down. They are in the vineyards daily, and it is obvious that they are most comfortable in their vineyards. They farm their vines organically and biodynamically with organic certification in the works. Because of stonewalls and the steepness of the sites, all the work has to be done by hand with a hoe.

Winemaking Notes: Fermentation occurs spontaneously with native yeast in the cold cellar underneath their property. After brief skin contact (helping to reduce acidity), pressing occurs in an old pneumatic Willmes press. Stainless steel vats, old oak Fuder and second-hand barriques are used to influence structure. "Stainless steel better keeps the acidity, and wood helps to round it out," Konstantin says.

Reviews

  • Mosel Fine Wines
    Rating: 91 (6/10/2019)

    The 2018er Trarbacher Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett was harvested at 92° Oechsle on the original Schlossberg hill, and was fermented down to fully fruity-styled levels of residual sugar. It offers a delicately broad nose made of coconut, apricot blossom, strawberry, dried herbs and fine spices. The wine develops the playful presence of a Spätlese on the palate, where apricot blossom and dried herbs play with the mild feeling of acidity. The finish is smooth, inviting and juicy. 2023-2038
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90 - 92) (6/28/2019)

    The 2018 Trarbacher Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett shows a clear and elegant bouquet of fully ripe fruit aromas intermixed with slatey notes. Lush and generous but precise and even filigreed on the palate, this is a seductive, very aromatic and fruity Kabinett with Spätlese features. The finish is crunchy and well-structured with fine phenols. A fabulous wine but more like a Spätlese rather than a Kabinett. Tasted in March 2019.