Kiedrich Grafenberg, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs, 2016

  Robert Weil

Gräfenberg is one of the Rheingau's great vineyards, and possesses the Weil's oldest vines, planted in 1963. The immediate impression here is the complexity of slate notes on display, which only slowly open to reveal diamond cut citrus notes, a touch of green herb, some orange peel, all very cool and composed. Languid of structure, seemingly finer, more refined than the 2015, with a mouth-watering, delicate, classically focussed finish. Powerful, but also very fine...

Contains Sulphites.

About Robert Weil

Only a handful of German wine Estates can boast excellence and consistency over a prolonged period. The wines of Robert Weil have not just been the standard bearers for Rheingau for the last few decades but equal to the top half dozen estates in Germany as a whole who are considered the best. Based in Kiedrich with 75 hectares of Riesling surrounding the fine Estate House and cellars, the vineyard management and wine making are based on precision with 100% focus on quality.

Appellation: Rheingau

7,700 acres along the northern side of the Rhine between Wiesbaden and Rüdesheim where the Riesling produces classic and substantial wines.

Grape Type: Riesling

One of the world’s noblest grape varieties, Riesling produces scented, refreshing, mineral wines from dry to lusciously sweet. Its bad reputation, tarnished by the cloying and completely unrelated Liebfraumilch, is one of the wine world’s great injustices. Its heartland is the steep Mosel and Rheingau valleys of Germany, where it produces floral spritzy off-dry to medium wines packed with lime and apple fruit or, when affected by botrytis, honeyed apricot characteristics. In Alsace, Austria’s Wachau and Germany’s Franken there are some exhilarating, complex dry versions that work very well with Oriental fusion foods, as well as some stunning sweet versions. Some superb lively fruit-forward styles are cropping up in New Zealand, Constantia in South Africa and the cooler parts of Australia and California.