Weiser-Kunstler 2018 'Wolfer Sonnenlay' Riesling Spatlese, Mosel

Weiser-Kunstler 2018 'Wolfer Sonnenlay' Riesling Spatlese, Mosel

Item Number: 13465

UPC: None

Country: Germany
Region: Mosel
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Sonnenlay
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 7.5
Residual Sugar(g/L): 65 g/l
Total Acidity: 9.5 g/l
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

John Gilman from View from the Cellar called this wine "Joyous Juice" in his March-April 2019 issue!

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: 93 (6/10/2019)

    The 2018er Wolfer Sonnenlay Riesling Spätlese was harvested at 95° Oechsle on mostly un-grafted vines trained on single pole and was fermented down to sweet levels of residual sugar. The wine offers a reduced nose of pear, citrusy fruits, almond and smoky slate. It develops the fruity presence of an Auslese on the palate but retains great playfulness in the finish thanks to its comparatively high acidity (9.5 g/l). The after-taste is playful and elegant. 2028-2048
  • John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 92+ (5/8/2019)

    It was lovely to see a Spätlese produced from the Sonnenlay vineyard this year and this is another really refined example of the vintage. The bouquet is pure and already very expressive, offering up scents of golden delicious apples, white cherries, a very complex base of slate, spring flowers and an esthery topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and pure, with classic tension between the juicy fruit, zesty acids and salty slate mineral drive. The finish is long, complex and very classy and this wine is going to be hard to resist from the moment it is released! Alexandra was not sure of the exact numbers for the Sonnenlay Spätlese, but estimated it is around sixty-five grams of sugar and eight grams of acidity. Joyous juice. 2019-2050.