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Weiser-Kunstler Wolfer Sonnenlay Riesling Kabinett 2021
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Weiser-Kunstler Wolfer Sonnenlay Riesling Kabinett 2021

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About the wine:

The 2021 Wolfer Sonnenlay Riesling Kabinett was made from fruit harvested at 86° Oechsle on the original Schlossberg hill and was fermented down to fruity-styled levels of residual sugar (49 g/l). It offers a quite herbal and smoky nose of tangerine, candied grapefruit, minty herbs, lozenge, and lime. The wine proves delicately fruity and juicy on the palate and shows a nice underlying tickly acidity. The finish is chiseled and very precise with some beautiful zesty and spicy elements coming through. This is a great Kabinett.

About the producer:

Country: Germany
Appellation: Mosel

Village: Traben-Trarbach

Main vineyards: Enkircher Ellergrub

Summary: Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler run a tiny, 4-hectare estate. Just downstream from the famous “Hollywood” section of the Middle Mosel, they quietly go about their business of crafting some of the world’s most pristine, detailed, pure Rieslings. The dry Rieslings are razor sharp, more about mineral, salt and flower than about fruit. The Prädikat wines are “old school,” with lower amounts of residual sugar and higher amounts of acidity than most. They shiver with tension and acidity and remain fresh, agile and versatile. In other words, Weiser-Künstler does it all, and does it all beautifully.

Size: Around 4 hectares with a small amount of purchased fruit. All fruit, both estate and purchased, is farmed organically.

Key grape varieties: Riesling

Soil: slate

Vine age: up to and above 100+ years old and largely ungraIed

Vineyard work: Absolutely no use of insecticides/pesticides; demeter-approved spraying for fungus with minimal copper use (1/3 amount as allowed by organic certifications), minimal plowing, excess vegetation is trimmed, otherwise the soil is left alone. All vineyard work and harvesting is done by hand.

Vinification: Depending on the vintage there will be a light crushing and gentle pressing or direct whole bunch pressing in a pneumatic press. Wines are fermented with native yeasts and raised in a combination of stainless steel, old oak Fuders and some used barriques, different wines will see various vessels based on yield and vintage character. Auslese wines are made from only from botrytised, never dried berries.