Weiser-Kunstler 2017 Riesling, Steffensberg Grand Cru, Mosel

Weiser-Kunstler 2017 Riesling, Steffensberg Grand Cru, Mosel

Item Number: 12151

UPC: None

Country: Germany
Region: Mosel
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Steffensberg
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
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.

Reviews

  • Mosel Fine Wines
    Rating: 92+ (10/15/2018)

    The 2017er Enkircher Steffensberg was fermented down to bone-dry levels (it only has 2.5 g/l of residual sugar). It offers a beautiful nose of grapefruit, pineapple, herbs, mint, lime, sage, smoke and cinnamon. The wine is quite structured and tight on the palate, but gradually expands to offer great presence, intensity and even a touch of power (at only 11.5% of alcohol) in the very long finish. There is a touch of phenolic presence and tartness in need of integration, but this already hints at a great dry Riesling at maturity. 2022-2032+