Wilhelm Weil’s aim has always been to produce a wine from this site that could rival the legendary full-bodied dry wines produced in the Rheingau a century ago (when the region’s finest Rieslings were the most expensive wines in the world). Today this is a wine to rival the greatest white wines from anywhere on the planet, including Burgundy. The 2016, like the 2015 before it, is a do-not-miss wine. It is greatness in a bottle – the most intense, deep, powerful and complex Riesling from the Estate, and perhaps from the Rheingau full stop.
Raised on lees, a minimum of 80% is matured in large, neutral oak, large casks and in spite of its power, it displays stunning clarity and eye of the needle precision. Gräfenberg has long been a great wine, but recent years have seen far greater finesse and purity.