As mentioned above, the Weilberg’s character is defined by its dense, iron rich Terra Rossa soils, one of only two vineyards in all of Germany with such soil. It has been celebrated since Roman times and beyond for the exceptional, multifaceted quality it produces. As it is a warmer site than the Saumagen, and as the boys are always looking to find a greater balance and complexity, they continue to leave more foliage to shade the fruit clusters, as ripeness is not the challenge here, freshness is. They harvested the fruit in three separate passes to hit the ideal level of sugar/acidity, and the results are tremendous, the definition of power meets finesse, and in my opinion/experience, the finest iteration yet. Its sense of cooler peachy fruit and herbs aromatically then hit the palate with a cooler, layered sense of complexity and length. The fruit profile, which often veers into a richer than chiseled style, is wonderfully elegant and precises, dancing on the palate with ever expanding and echoing fruit/floral/creeping mineral sensibility. This is Grand cru class by any name, and their best example yet…..a little * awarded here.
“From iron-rich terra rossa soils and picked on September 19th and 21st at 97° to 98° Oechsle, the 2019 Riesling GG Ungsteiner Weilberg combines intensity and ripeness with pure and refined flinty-mineral notes of crushed, iron-rich stones. Predominantly vinified in stainless steel (75%), this is a racy-fresh, salty, tight, fine and straight but also intense and powerful Riesling with lots of lime juice on the pure finish. This is a long-distance runner. Tasted as a sample in March and April 2020. To be bottled in summer this year.” 93-94 Stephan Reinhardt for the 2019, NOT THE 2020 OFFERED HERE.