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Fabled Beerenauslese with sophisticated, botrytized fruit; opulent and simultaneously elegant, with a seductive, nuanced exchange between sweetness and acidity; a wine to put down and age for many years to come.
The late 12th century saw first mention of this renowned Rheingau vineyard as the ‘mons Rhingravii’
(the Mountain of the Rhine Counts); southwest-facing site with deep to medium-deep soil, predominantly stony, fragmented phyllite and dramatic inclines of up to 60 %.
The founder of the estate, Dr. Robert Weil, purchased his first vineyards on the Kiedricher Berg in Rheingau in 1867, at a time when he was still a German professor at the Sorbonne in Paris. With the approach of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71, he was forced to leave France. He settled in Wiesbaden, where he worked as a journalist, and Kiedrich, where he expanded his vineyard holdings by acquiring the best sites on the Kiedricher Berg. Thanks to his unwavering commitment to quality-oriented viticulture, his foresight, and his willingness to invest in the estate, it developed quickly and its wines were soon celebrated in international circles. Spätlese and Auslese wines from Weingut Robert Weil graced the table of many European imperial and royal houses as the white counterparts of the Bordeaux reds.
Terroir: Deep and medium-deep, stony, fragmented phyllite partially mixed with loess and loam, southwest exposure
Today, the estate’s 90 ha (222 acres) of vineyards are planted 100% with Riesling.
Throughout its history the estate has always focused on the Riesling grape and adhered to strict, quality-oriented practices in the vineyard – such as stringent pruning to control yields and selective harvesting by hand – and in the cellar, where the wines are vinified as gently as possible. This unwavering and uncompromising quality management is central to Weingut Robert Weil’s unbroken streak of producing wines at every Prädikat classification, up to and including Trockenbeerenauslese, for every vintage since 1989. The estate’s dedication to Riesling since 1875 has led numerous observers of the international wine world to regard Weingut Robert Weil, with its “château character”, as a worldwide symbol of German Riesling culture.
Vinification: stainless steel tanks
Grape variety: Riesling
Alcohol: 7 %vol
Residual sugar: 339 g/l
Acidity: 12.6 g/L
Vintage report: Weather conditions during the vegetative phase from April to October set new benchmarks, with the warmest year in recent history since 2003. These Mediterranean temperatures were part of an extended period of warmth, reflected by the growth in the vineyard. Harvest started in mid-September by following the motto “Our harvest will start first and end last”, with a sharp focus on which grapes are ripe and ready. 2018 brought grand, fine and elegant “Guts”-Rieslings; fruit of tremendous density and expressiveness for the dry “Lagen” wines; and a small quantity of premium nobly sweet wines.
Tasting notes: yellow fruits, rich, creamy, piquant acidity, slightly sweet
Serve: sweet desserts and cheese
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