Weiser-Kunstler 2015 Riesling Sekt, Zeppwingert Vineyard, Mosel

Weiser-Kunstler 2015 Riesling Sekt, Zeppwingert Vineyard, Mosel

Item Number: 11078

UPC: None

Country: Germany
Region: Mosel
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Zeppwingert Vineyard
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Weiser-Kunstler Sekt is made using the Champagne method. The Riesling is sourced from old vines in the very steep Zeppwingert Vineyard. The wine is raised in barrel and receives a very small dosage. The results are amazing. Like everything that Weiser-Kunstler produces, the Sekt has brilliant purity, riveting cut and serious intensity. The 2015 shows piercing saline minerality, floral notes and layers of ripe citrus. 2015 has the extreme combination of acidity and concentration that defines the vintage.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 93 (1/3/2018)

    Disgorged in June 2017, the base wine here was effectively a Kabinett trocken, but given secondary fermentation nearly 12% alcohol accumulated. Fortunately, one still experiences the poise and buoyancy characteristic of Weiser-Künstler Riesling. Crushed stone, fresh lime and evocations of oyster liquor dominate the nose as well as the satiny, finely effervescent, mouthwateringly salt-tinged palate. But there is also an alluring upwelling of white peach and almond cream reinforced by the influence of lees. Prickly, piquant lime and grapefruit zests enhance the invigoration of a consummately refreshing finish transparent to myriad mineral nuances. I have very rarely tasted a finer Riesling Sekt – certainly never a finer young one, let alone one so youthfully disgorged! And my experience with this genre extends back well into the 1980s, when most German Riesling estates rendered Riesling Sekt, and not a few were justly proud of those offerings. Like numerous younger growers who have shown talent with Riesling Sekt, Weiser and Künstler have previously felt constrained to limit their efforts to vintages with relatively generous crops, even though that meant years in theory ideally suited to Sekt had to be passed over in the interest of maintaining sufficient volume of “regular” offerings. But Weiser explains that beginning with 2014 (and a wine I reviewed in my last report), “we have acquired this parcel in the Zeppwingert that will be dedicated every year to Sekt. It actually turns slightly to the north and can be picked later but with plenty of acidity. And the vines have been trained not in the classic Mosel manner, but in a way that inhibits accumulation of Oechsle.” Even so, quantities will remain very modest. In fact, we’re lucky in the US because otherwise only private customers and a few merchants and restaurants in the Trier area get any of this beauty, which I’m confident will merit following over an extended period.