Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
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Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Riesling Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2018

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Winemaker Notes

The Robert Weil dessert wines are in a class unto themselves. Selection, selection, selection. Only the perfectly ripe grapes, with the exact amount of noble rot, carefully hand-picked, fermented slowly in a cold cellar. Only 8% alcohol. A kaleidoscopic nose of apricot jam, mango chutney, pink grapefruit, pineapple and smoky botrytis. Cobalt dense, just packed to the brim with dried apricot, marzipan, honeycomb and moist earth. An overtly indulgent experience now, this wine will age easily for 15-25 years. Exceptional.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

From golden-yellow (not pink) grapes that were slightly shriveled at 100° Oechsle and lost 30% of water, the lemon-yellow colored 2018 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Auslese opens with a fascinating, clear, piquant and spicy bouquet with lemon zest aromas. Lush and generous but incredibly precise and elegant on the palate, with truly fresh and piquant fruit and concentration with minty notes on the finish, this is a very fresh and salty Auslese with eternal aging potential. This is marvelous and even a step above the Spätlese. There were 3,300 liters produced. Tasted in August 2019.

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This is more restrained in aroma than the corresponding Turmberg. Quince preserves and candied lemon peel are accompanied by subtle suggestions of sea breeze and flowers. Inner-mouth, the impression is downright opulent: glossy in feel, richly fruited and profusely floral. Salted butter cream, quince jelly, peach jam and candied lemon peel are prominent. Mouthwateringly saline and otherwise savory mineral notes more than merely cut the sweetness on a finish of impressive length.


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Weingut Robert Weil, one of the region's younger estates, is located in the heart of Kiedrich, a village first documented in 950. Its profile is marked by the artworks and architecture of the Gothic parish church St. Valentine, aristocratic Gothic, Renaissance manors, and the tower of Scharfenstein castle, a former residence of the electors and archbishops of Mainz.

The estate cultivates vineyards planted 100% with Riesling grapes. Wilhelm Weil, the great-grandson of the estate's founder, carries on the tradition of uncompromising, quality-oriented practices in the vineyards and in the cellars. The historical manor house, the ultra-modern cellars and the vinothek stand side by side in a beautiful park – the same synthesis of old and new that is reflected in the estate’s philosophy of winemaking.

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Practically one long and bucolic hillside along the northern bank of the Rhein River, the Rheingau stretches the entirety of the river’s east to west spread from Hocheim to Rüdesheim.

Variations in elevation, soil types, and proximity to the Rhine cause great diversity in Rheingau Riesling. Some of the better Rieslings in warmer years come from the cooler and breezier sites at higher elevations. In cooler years, sites closer to the river may perform better.

In the village of Rüdesheim, slopes are steep and soils are stony slate with quartzite; Rieslings are rich and spicy, intense in stone fruit and show depth and character with age. World class Rieslings come from farther east on the river through Geisenheim, Johannisberg, Winkel, Oestrich and past Erbach as well, where soils of loess, sand, and marl alternate. Long-living, floral-driven and mineral-rich Rieslings come from the best of these sites.

Rheingau growers became early activists in promoting the dry style of Riesling, low yields and the classification of top vineyards, or Erstes Gewächs (first growths). Proximity to the metropolitan markets of Mainz, Wiesbaden, and Frankfurt keeps Rheingau in high reputation. While dry wines are the style here, Rheingau isn’t short of some amazing Auslesen, Beerenauslesen, and Trockenbeerenauslesen.

Rheingau doesn’t mess with many other grapes—in fact 79% of its total area is dedicated to Riesling. But it produces some fine Pinot noir, especially concentrated in Assmannshausen, a bit farther west from Rüdesheim.

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Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining its identity. A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, this versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Somm Secret—Given how difficult it is to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling from the label, here are some clues to find the dry ones. First, look for the world “trocken.” (“Halbtrocken” or “feinherb” mean off-dry.) Also a higher abv usually indicates a drier Riesling.

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