Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Riesling Spatlese 2018 - 750ml

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96pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"I love this wine," says Wilhelm Weil, who remembers the 1971 that he loved so much when he was still a child and stole a sip or two from vat no. 07 whenever his parents were away. "The 2018 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Spätlese is one of the finest in living memories of Robert Weil," he says. In fact, the 2018, based on grapes picked at 103° Oechsle and bottled with 9.3% alcohol and 65 grams of residual sugar, is so clear, precise and fresh as well as flinty, like the generic Spätlese but with so much more intensity and concentration. On the palate, this Gräfenberg Spätlese is lush but enormously precise, piquant and firm, very elegant and complex, with fascinating acidity and phenolic as well as mineral grip and tension. A fascinating wine and one of the finest Spätlese in Germany from the 2018 vintage. So mouthwatering and stimulating due to a low pH level and 10 grams of total acidity. However, Weil says the freshness is thanks to the "Bernsteinsäure" that characterizes many of the 2018s.

95pts Wine & Spirits

Gräfenberg, a steep, sheltered, south-facing site, lives up to its grand-cru status in this Spätlese. As with all of Weil’s vineyards, it’s farmed with minimum inputs and picked by hand with an army of workers; that allows for numerous passes through the vineyards to catch the grapes at their ultimate moment of ripeness, and before botrytis has set in. The wine fermented entirely in stainless-steel tanks, and the flavors sing: It tastes of sweet herbs and ripe peaches, citrus fruit and wildflower honey. Despite the sweetness, the wine ends clean, with an energy and tension from its powerful acidity. Gorgeous now, this will age well.

93pts Wine Spectator

This white shows a little bit of reduction at the beginning, adding charm, while lemon paste, coriander and clementine notes follow. The acidity is slightly ciderlike, but is well-integrated into the wine, giving this an edgy profile. Intriguing and long. Give this time. Best from 2023 through 2035.

Winemaker Notes

The Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg sets the standard for majestic, rich yet refined Rheingau Spatlese. First class aromas of spring flowers along with mandarin orange, papaya, mango and smoky slate. Only 8.5% alcohol but so, so loaded with flavor: dried apricot, fresh raspberry, sweet herbs and salty earthiness. Long, long finish, this is the real deal. Expensive and worth every penny. Drink it by itself; it’s that good.