Weiser-Kunstler 2017 Riesling, Steffensberg Grand Cru, Mosel
Item Number: 12151
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Steffensberg
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
Residual Sugar(g/L): 2.5 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Weiser-Künstler is a member of Der Klitzkleine Ring, which is a small circle of growers who show their wines together and labor in saving plots of old, precious Riesling vines on steep, slate slopes from being cut down. Konstantin and Alexandra are preserving the ancient terraces of Traben-Trarbach. They are in the vineyards daily, and it is obvious that they are most comfortable in their vineyards. They farm their vines organically and biodynamically with organic certification in the works. Because of stonewalls and the steepness of the sites, all the work has to be done by hand with a hoe.
Steffensberg is a south-facing hillside vineyard in a side valley. It's at the lower end of the Ahringsbach, behind Enkirch, where the deep topsoil has plenty of iron oxide.
Fermentation occurs spontaneously with native yeast in the cold cellar underneath their property. After brief skin contact (helping to reduce acidity), pressing occurs in an old pneumatic Willmes press. Stainless steel vats, old oak Fuder and second-hand barriques are used to influence structure. "Stainless steel better keeps the acidity, and wood helps to round it out," Konstantin says.
2017 Vintage Notes, Wine Advocate 6/28/2019
"Due to spring frost in April, Konstantin Weiser reports loss of 20% to 30% in 2017. 'However, the reduced yields caused very concentrated wines with lots of extract and minerals. The 2017s are ripe but not overloaded and make 2017 a very special vintage based on perfectly ripe grapes.'"