Robert Weil 2019 Riesling "Kiedrich Grafenberg Grosses Gewächs" GG, Rheingau, Germany
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Robert Weil 2019 Riesling "Kiedrich Gräfenberg Grosses Gewächs" GG, Rheingau, Germany
Founded in 1875, Weingut Robert Weil is one of the Rheingau’s most highly regarded wine estates. It is located in Kiedrich, a village first documented in the year 950. Kiedrich Turmberg and Gräfenberg, the estate’s top vineyards, are among the finest sites in the Rheingau. The estate cultivates 90 hectares (222 acres) of vineyards, 100 percent planted with Riesling. Wilhelm Weil, the great-grandson of the estate’s founder, carries on the tradition of uncompromising, quality-oriented vineyard and cellar practices – a tradition that has been the hallmark of the winery for four generations.
Winemaker: Wilhelm Weil
Terroir / Soil: Gräfenberg, meaning 'the hill of the counts', was first recognized in the 12th century for the quality of wines that were being produced. The vineyard is now recognized as Grosse Lage (grand cru) level. T=Located in the village of Kiedrich, the vines are planted on steep, southwest-facing slopes, under shelter from a side valley. The soils are deep and stony with phyllite, providing desirable drainage and deep-set root growth. GG stands for Grosse Gewächs, or "great growths" and is a designation of superior dry white wines hailing from Grosse Lage vineyards in Germany.
Vinification: The grapes are handpicked, fermented and matured in large neutral oak casks, helping to provide of more full-bodied, yet still mineral-driven riesling.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of stone fruits, flint, and a touch of baking spice. On the palate, the wine is delightfully full-bodied, gripping minerality, barely ripe apricots, and lingering salinity.