Overview of the Wine
In 2005, Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler began from humble beginnings leasing just 1.8 hectares in Enkircher Ellergrub. At the time, Konstantin was doing an apprenticeship in New Zealand. He formerly worked as the winemaker at Immich-Batterieberg and had earlier stints at Leitz and Minges in the Rheingau and Pfalz, respectively. (Perhaps it's only a coincidence, but both Leitz and Minges have slate soils, too.) Konstantin hails from Bavarian Swabia, and Alexandra from Franconia, but the pair met in the Mosel Valley.
Today, they hold 4.6 hectares now, all Riesling, in Enkircher Ellergrub, Zeppwingert, and Steffensberg, as well as Trabener Gaispfad (spelled Geispfad on old maps) and Wolfer Sonnenlay. After the 2016 harvest, the latest vineyard additions to their portfolio are a couple of steep parcels in Trarbacher Schlossberg and Taubenhaus.
In the vineyards, Weiser-Künstler—affectionately called "Wei-Kü" by some of their friends—uses no herbicides or pesticides. They are in the process of being certified organic. Because of the dry stone walls and the steepness of the sites, all the work has to be done by hand, with a hoe, or occasionally with a Wingertsknecht (“vineyard farmhand”), an antiquated tool with a two-stroke engine and winches, which is used to smooth and break up the soil.
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Winemaker's Tasting Notes
It offers a subtle and still rather subdued nose made of mirabelle, smoke, slate, blueberry, residual scents from its spontaneous fermentation, and spices. It is only on the fully dry palate that it reveals its charm, presence, and cut. The finish is full of citrusy fruits, a dash of tart grapefruit zest, smoke, and spices. Although impressive now, we would opt to leave this animating dry Riesling alone for a few years and let the beauty reveal all its colors.
Product size: 750ml