Weiser-Kunstler 2018 Riesling Feinerb, Mosel

Weiser-Kunstler 2018 Riesling Feinerb, Mosel

Item Number: 13095

UPC: None

Country: Germany
Region: Mosel
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
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

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (6/28/2019)

    Whole-bunch pressed and bottled in early March, the 2018 Riesling is still very reductive on the nose but clear, fresh and fine in its fruit aromas. The palate is elegant, lush and intense but precise, fine and transparent, with a leaner and more linear structure than the 2017 that was macerated. This is a very elegant and refined Riesling in a more crystalline style.
  • Mosel Fine Wines
    Rating: 91 (6/28/2019)

    The 2018er Riesling Weiser-Ku?nstler comes from Estate holdings as well as grapes sourced from befriended organic growers in the Wolfer Sonnenlay, Trarbacher Schlossberg, Trarbacher Kräuterhaus and Enkircher Steffensberg and was fermented down to 14 g/l of residual sugar. It offers a gorgeous nose of peach, pear, herbs and spices. The wine is nicely spicy and elegant on the palate and leaves a long feel of herbs and spices. This amazing Estate bottling would put many high-end Riesling bottlings to shame.
  • John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 90 (5/8/2019)

    Despite having just been bottled, the wine was showing beautifully; it is 11.5 percent in alcohol, carries 14.5 grams of sugar and has acids at 7.5 grams per liter, which conspire to make this flat out gorgeous to drink right out of the blocks, but with the balance and spine of acidity to also carry it as far as its screwcap will allow. The bouquet is beautifully expressive already, jumping from the glass in a complex blend of apple, salty slate minerality, a touch of white cherry, spring flowers and just a whisper of more savory aromatics in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, bright and superbly detailed, with a lovely core, fine acids and grip and a long, vibrant and utterly refined finish. This is a stunning value! 2019-2040+.