This is THE Grand Cru site in the Rheingau. Steep, rocky, and facing southwest, all optimal characteristics for a great vineyard. The ate 12th century saw first mention of this renowned Rheingau vineyard as the ‘mons Rhingravii’ (the Mountain of the Rhine Counts); southwest-facing site with deep to medium-deep soil, predominantly stony, fragmented phyllite and dramatic inclines of up to 60%.
Fermented in stainless steel over 6-12 weeks with wild yeasts were possible. The wine is then aged in large wooden neutral oak cask for a year or so, then in bottle for 6 months or so.
Stephan Reinhardt, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Fermented in 1,200- and 2,400-liter oak vats (Stück and Doppelstück), Weil's citrus colored 2016 Rheingau Riesling Kiedrich Gräfenberg "GG" is bright, pure, fresh and dusty-mineral on the nose but also indicates ripe, intense and concentrated (Mirabelle) fruit that is perfectly mixed with the aromas of the deep and complex Gräfenberg terroir. On the palate, this is a mouthful of lush, elegant and even delicate dry Riesling that is dense and structured but reveals remarkable finesse and mineral piquancy as well. Has the Gräfenberg ever been more Mosel-like than this gorgeous 2016? I have often found the Gräfenberg to be too mighty, rich and powerful (and was privately assuming how great this wine should be with organic or even biodynamic farming). But the 2016 doesn't have the power of former vintages; rather, it possesses purity and freshness intertwined with the elegant and lush fruit that is really unique for this prestigious grand cru. Its persistent finish is perfectly round and aromatic but also salty and very stimulating. Still very young, the 2016 will benefit from further bottle aging. It is a superbly fine, elegant and balanced Gräfenberg. Tasted three times in October and November 2017.
$90 $65 net (US low $81)