If I was ever to describe a wine as aristocratic, this would be it! Full bodied and with the softest, purest texture. There’s plenty of structure, but unlike the other Weil wines, it’s completely embedded. This is not a Riesling of individual components. Rather, it’s made from the most delicate threads. Green apple, grapefruit, orchard fruit, smoke and minerals threaded with a lush silken texture. Elegant and totally absorbing. One of the finest Rieslings we have ever tasted. Waters Wine, January 2019.
The brilliant, citrus colored 2017 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Trocken GG is super clear, deep, fine and flinty on the pure nose, a real grand cru with flinty and even very fine oaky and mocha notes but most of all: Gräfenberg! Full-bodied, lush and highly elegant on the palate, this is a salty, piquant and tensioned Riesling with great finesse and intensity. Very salty and piquant in the finish, with just the perfect amount of residual sugar, this is a lush and generous Gräfenberg of great intensity, charm and lingering salinity. 95 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
The vineyard of Kiedrich Gräfenberg (literally, the ‘Hill of the Counts’) has been used to designate Robert Weil’s finest wines since the site was classified as “Weinlage 1 Klasse” in 1867. It is home to Weil’s oldest vines, which are up to 80 years of age. The majority are ungrafted and it makes perfect sense that Weil’s single Grosse Gewächs derives from this legendary site. Weil’s aim has been to produce a wine in a similar style to the full-bodied dry wines produced in the Rheingau a century ago. Despite the high quality of the Turmberg and Klosterberg, this is clearly on another level. It’s the most intense, deep, powerful and complex Riesling from the Estate, and perhaps from the Rheingau full stop. It’s raised on lees and a minimum of 80% is matured in large, neutral oak Doppelstuckfass (large Stockinger casks). In spite of its power it displays stunning clarity and eye-of-the-needle precision.