Wilhelm Weil, winemaker for Weingut Robert Weil
Weingut Robert Weil, one the wineries in our “Friends of Ernie” portfolio, has been getting great European press recently.
Below are just a few of the stories.
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Gault Millau WeinGuide Germany 2011 (November 2010): Once again, Weingut Robert Weil received the top ranking of five“grape clusters” (category denoting “world’s best wine producers”), among others, its 2009 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Spätlese is rated to be the best Spätlese in Germany 2009 and the Kiedrich Gräfenberg Trockenbeerenauslese 2009 got the same ranking with incredible 100 out of 100 points! Quote:” a phenomenal range of wines. Chapeau!“
Eichelmann 2011 Deutschlands Weine (leading annual wine guide in Germany) (November 2010): Once again Weingut Robert Weil achieves the highest rating – five stars – as one of the world’s top producers, and gets sensational 94/100 Points for its 2009 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling trocken Erstes Gewächs!
DER FEINSCHMECKER/WEINGourmet: (German wine & lifestyle magazine) (November 2010): The 800 Best Wine Estates in Germany Weingut Robert Weil once again receives the highest rating possible (5F’s) as “one of the best wine producers worldwide”. Quote:” With the vintage 2009 this exceptional estate once again gives proof to its superior quality!”
www.JancisRobinson.com (October 2010) In her annual vintage report German 2009s, Weingut Robert Weil gets a top scoring up to 19+/20 points.
REVIEWS OF ROBERT WEIL WINES FROM JANCIS ROBINSON
Robert Weil, Riesling trocken 2009 Rheingau 15.5 Drink 2010-2013 Bright, candified, crystal-clear fruit. Far from funky but a good straightforward expression of ripe, clean, relatively full-bodied Riesling. Just off dry thanks to all that ripeness of 2009. Just a little pinched on the finish. 12%
Robert Weil, Kiedricher Klosterberg Riesling trocken 2009 Rheingau 16 Drink 2011-2015 Rather opulent, nutty nose – real horizontal spread on this wine. Very sprightly and super-clean. Lots of acidity and really rather unresolved at the moment. Still a little astringent. The palate needs to catch up with the nose. 13%
Robert Weil, Kiedricher Turmberg Riesling trocken 2009 Rheingau 16 Drink 2012-2016 Wet stones on the nose. This wine is so eager it almost pants at you with its super-clean freshness. Acidity is a little painful at present. Wait! Some glucose sensation. More embryonic than many 2009 trockens. 13%
Robert Weil, Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling Erstes Gewächs 2009 Rheingau 17.5 Drink 2010-2016 NB that alcohol level! Much denser and more complex on the nose than the Klosterberg and Turmberg trockens. Minerality is the dominant aroma. Lovely ripeness and a bit of pungency on the front palate and a certain elegance on the finish. This is a complete wine that should drink well for quite a while. The acidity seems notably well integrated. 13.5%
Robert Weil, Kiedricher Klosterberg Riesling Spätlese 2009 Rheingau 17 Drink 2013-2020 Fairly neutral nose that speaks more of winemaking than the vineyard at present. Broad honey and flowers on the front palate. Super clean and fresh with very marked acidity and some astringency. Wait for this to settle down to – surely – a particularly pretty wine. 8.5%
Robert Weil, Kiedricher Turmberg Riesling Spätlese 2009 Rheingau 16.5 Drink 2014-2021 Minerality on the nose but not quite such a clear expression of it at this juncture as in the trocken version. Very young and unresolved with the residual sugar and the acidity miles apart at the moment. Strong citrus notes – almost painful citrus acidity. Rather gawky. But super clean! 8.5%
Robert Weil, Kiedricher Klosterberg Riesling Auslese 2009 Rheingau 17 Drink 2014-2024 Almost ‘hot’ on the nose! Like lemon balm with a hint of verveine tisane. Lots of sweetness, lots of acidity and the strong promise that one of these days they will be the best of friends. 8%
Robert Weil, Kiedricher Turmberg Riesling Auslese 2009 Rheingau 17.5 Drink 2014-2024 Some smokiness on the nose. Not quite as sweet as the Klosterberg. Lots of pure lemon syrup. Firm and bright with a reassuringly solid undertow already. Surprisingly well integrated even now. Confident delivery, even if no surprises. 8.5%
Robert Weil, Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling Beerenauslese 2009 Rheingau 18.5 Drink 2017-2037 Very dense on the nose with lots of layers and complexity. Wonderful texture – like another firmament when compared with the Auslese. The business..! Such purity and balance. This is molten honey kept in check by supremely well-judged corsetry in which acidity plays an important part. This should have a glorious future. 8%
Robert Weil, Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2009 Rheingau 19+ Drink 2020-2040 Deep bronze-gold. (Much darker than the Beerenauslese.) Toasty, lively nose. Massively sweet and with a hint of rose petals and the acidity not nearly as integrated as in the Beerenauslese. A real tightrope walker of a wine with the acidity clamouring for attention and the richness only just managing to suppress it. Needs lots and lots of time… Could anyone with a sore throat resist this elixir? 6.5%