Flinty, precise and fresh on the nose, with bright fruit aromas on the pure phyllite slate flavors, the dry 2017 Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken is piquant and fresh, very minor but in the background is gorgeously fresh juice. This dense and concentrated 2017 is full of vitality, piquancy, precision and tension. A young but highly promising Erste Lage that needs some years to age. 94 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
Again the vines here are in the 30-50 year old range. The name Turmberg (literally ‘tower hill’) derives from the last surviving tower of the former castle, Burg Scharfenstein (12th century), that sits dramatically atop the vineyard. In 2005, Weil succeeded in having this 3.8 hectare vineyard reinstated as an individual classified site in the vineyard register. Historically it has always been a separate vineyard, reflecting this vineyard’s distinctive terroir. But the infamous wine law of 1971 made it a part of the Gräfenberg (a more revered yet quite different site). The Kiedrich Turmberg is a monopole, owned in its entirety by the Robert Weil Estate. Alongside Gräfenberg it is classified as a Grosse Lage (though Weil chooses not to bottle a Grosses Gewächs from this site). With its base of phyllite rock (metamorphosed slate) and thin topsoil, the Turmberg displays more obvious mineral voltage than the Klosterberg. The 2017 is something special.