History of the Estate
Founded in 1875, Weingut Robert Weil is considered to be one of the Rheingau’s younger wine estates. It is located in the heart of Kiedrich, a village first documented in the year 950. Kiedrich Turmberg and Kiedrich Gräfenberg, the estate’s top vineyards, are
among the finest sites in the Rheingau.
The estate cultivates 90 hectares (222 acres) of vineyards, of which 100 percent are planted with Riesling. Today, Wilhelm Weil, the great-grandson of the estate’s founder, carries on the tradition of uncompromising, quality-oriented vineyard and cellar practices – a tradition that has been the hallmark of the winery for four generations.
Kiedrich Turmberg and Kiedrich Gräfenberg are situated on a southwest-facing ridge and a steep cliff with inclines of up to 60 percent. Their soils consist of deep and medium-deep stony, fragmented phyllite partially mixed with loess and loam. This combination of barren stony soils, an ideal microclimate, steep inclination and southwestern exposure allows the grapes to hang on the vine for a very long time. The resulting wines are complex and rich in minerals, with great elegance and finesse.
The vineyards are cultivated in an environmentally friendly manner: organic fertilizer is used as needed; green cover is planted in alternating rows to optimize the humus content of the soil; herbicides are never used, and other protective measures are used only sparingly and with respect for habitat.
Grapes are harvested by hand, with an extremely critical selection that involves up to 17 rounds through the vineyards. The goal of this meticulous attention is to reap the finest fruit possible for wines in every Prädikat level.
Accolades for Wilhelm Weil- Top 100 Wineries of 2012 & 2013, Wine & Spirits
- Winemaker of the Year 1997, Gault Millau
- “...the most consistently brilliant winemaker in the Rheingau.” — Michael Broadbent
The character of Robert Weil Rieslings is marked by the mineral-rich soils of the vineyards. These elegant, complex wines offer pronounced fruitiness with nuanced flavors and bouquets. They embody a perfect interplay of fine yet firm acidity with natural sweetness and extract.ESTATE WINES
With the 2012 vintage, Weingut Robert Weil is introducing a new line of estate wines that offer extraordinary value from this elite Rheingau producer. Sourced from vineyards neighboring their top hillside sites, these wines are made with the same exacting standards and meticulous attention to detail as the single-vineyard wines. They are classic Rheingau Rieslings that reflect the unique terroir of the region, as well as the distinctive, ultra-classy style of this legendary estate.
Made with the same exacting standards and meticulous attention to detail as the single-vineyard wines, the estate cuvées from Robert Weil are the starting point for the vinous journey into the best of the Rheingau. The fruit for these wines comes from Kiedrich Wasseros and Sandgrub, good-quality vineyards that are adjacent to the estate’s top sites. The deep and medium-deep soils of the vineyards consist of stony, fragmented phyllite mixed with loess and loam.
The philosophy at Weingut Robert Weil is to combine modern ideas with the long tradition of viticulture in the Rheingau region. This wine is the estate’s classic rendition of the traditional off-dry style that made the Rheingau famous. It is a cuvée from parcels that neighbor the estate’s top vineyard sites in Kiedrich and Eltville. The mineral-rich soils of these vineyards consist of medium-deep stony, fragmented phyllite mixed with loess and loam.
The Estate Kabinett is sourced from parcels that neighbor the estate’s classified single-vineyard sites. But it also includes fruit from pre-selections in the top sites, which gives the wine an extra dimension of fruit and mineral intensity. It is made with the same exacting standards and meticulous attention to detail as the single-vineyard wines, and is designed to showcase the traditional, lighter style of Riesling Kabinett.
The Estate Spätlese is sourced from parcels that neighbor the estate’s classified single-vineyard sites. It also includes preselection fruit from the top sites, which gives the wine an extra dimension of fruit and mineral intensity. It is made with the same exacting standards and meticulous attention to detail as the single-vineyard wines, and is designed to showcase Spätlese’s riper, richer style from late-picked fruit.
These wines come exclusively from classified vineyard sites on the steep, hillside slopes of Kiedrich.
Kiedrich Turmberg (“tower hill”), a separate slope adjacent to the Gräfenberg vineyard, is rated as premier cru. The German wine law of 1971 had incorporated Turmberg into the Gräfenberg, but in 2005 it was reinstated as an individual, classified site. The steep, southwest-facing site has a slate base with a thin topsoil layer composed of stony, gritty phyllite mixed with loess and loam. It produces very fine, elegant wines that are less massive than their counterparts from the Gräfenberg. Turmberg is wholly owned by Weingut Robert Weil. The Turmberg Trocken (dry) is bright and pure, with a lovely herbal tone that is characteristic of this site. It has a finely focused mineral structure and a juicy grip on the palate.
The deep to medium-deep stony soil of the Gräfenberg hillside is made up of phyllite interspersed with loess and loam. The Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Grosses Gewächs is a perfect specimen of this mineral-rich terroir, displaying distinctive character and complexity. A full-bodied, dry-style wine, it offers a provocative balance of fruit, spice and flintiness. Fermented naturally in large wooden casks, the Kiedrich Gräfenberg Erstes Gewächs has a full, stony fruit aroma. It is weighty and complex on the palate, yet still quite elegant, with extraodinary length to the finish.
The Grosses Gewächs (“great growth”) designation is used only for the finest dry wine from a VDP.Grosse Lage (“grand cru”) classified vineyard. GG wines express the unique character of the vineyard and, being full-bodied dry wines, have great versatility with food.
The outstanding quality of the Gräfenberg (“hill of the counts”) site was first documented in the late 12th century. It is a steep, southwest-facing slope in a sheltered side valley, with deep to medium-deep stony soil made up of phyllite interspersed with water-retaining layers of loess and loam. Yields are very low, resulting in wines with extraordinary concentration.
Always stunning, the Spätlese (“late picked”) from Kiedrich Gräfenberg is a massive wine of bewildering depth and complexity, with many layers of gorgeous fruit that unfold on the palate. It is a stately wine with power, harmony and impeccable balance.
Robert Weil’s high-end sweet wines are regularly among the highest-rated wines in all of the world. These are mind-blowing, exceedingly rare wines that are painstakingly harvested in multiple passes through the vineyards to select out only the ripest, most concentrated grapes. The production is small, and the prices are high, but these astonishing wines are available in tiny quantities by special order. They are normally bottled in spring and sell out quickly due to intense international demand. Please inquire about current pricing and availability.
Produced from a special selection of very ripe clusters, usually (but not always) with a fair amount of botrytis. Auslese is a lush, intensely fruity wine, with a massive, yet elegant structure. The immense sweetness is beautifully balanced by firm acidity.
Eiswein (“ice wine”) is a rare, highly prized dessert wine made from grapes that have frozen solid on the vine. They are pressed while still frozen to extract a tiny amount of hyper-concentrated, extremely dense nectar. Minimum must weight is the same as for Beerenauslese, so they are similar in sweetness, but Eiswein typically has a more edgey, crystaline character from its brilliant acidity and lack of botrytis.
The word “Beerenauslese” means “berry-selected.” The harvest workers pick individual grapes that have shriveled down about halfway, due to botrytis or the dessicating effect of the winds that flow though the Kiedrich side valley down into the larger Rhine valley.
This is as intense as it gets. TBA is a “dried-berry selection” in which only those grapes that have completely shriveled down to raisins are selected, one by one. It is a lot of work for very little juice, but the result is the densest, most concentrated dessert wine possible. Robert Weil TBAs regularly set world record auction prices for new-release wines. The 2003 Kiedrich Gräfenberg TBA Goldkapsel is the latest example. It had a must weight of 316° Oechsle (64 Brix!) and sold for €5,117 per bottle (about $7,000 at the time) at the 2010 VDP-Rheingau auction in Kloster Eberbach.
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