2016 Weiser-Künstler Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling Spätlese


Mosel Fine Wines: 94/100

“This is a great Spätlese in the making cut along the great canon of the 1990s wines. This is highly recommended!”



Professional reviews:

Mosel Fine Wines (David Rayer and Jean Fisch): “Harvested at just over 88° Oechsle, this feather-light Spätlese delivers a still rather reduced nose of wet stone, grapefruit, cassis, ginger, quince and herbs. The wine develops a stunning “Prüm-style” balance on the palate, being light, full of flavors and hugely complex. The finish is smooth, zesty and very elegant. This is a great Spätlese in the making cut along the great canon of the 1990s wines. This is highly recommended! 2026- 2041

Konstantin Weiser was happy with the bottled result of the 2016 wines yet the growing conditions are ones the Weiser-Künstler family will happily forget soon: “We are currently converting to organic viticulture and we were badly hit by the outbreak of peronospora in the 2016 vintage. Not only did we lose 50% of our crop, these losses concentrated on our flagship vineyard, namely the Enkircher Ellergrub, where we harvested a meager 10 hl/ha. Fortunately, the remainder of the season proved very nice and the good weather during the harvest meant that we could take our time. We started on October 8 and finished on October 27, pausing in the middle of the harvest when rain fell for a few days. Overall, the vintage delivered ripe grapes with low sugar levels. It reminds us of a riper version of the 2014 vintage [Note: a highly successful vintage at Weiser-Künstler].” Due to the low yields, the Estate Kabinett does not come from the Trabener Gaispfad as in previous years, but from the Wolfer Sonnenlay, nor was it possible to produce the iconic Enkircher Ellergrub Kabinett in 2016. The Estate will bottle an Ellergrub GE and a Gaispfad (both of which are not yet bottled). The Weiser-Künstler collection proves hugely successful and delivers lightness and telltale elegance. The dry Estate Kabinett, with an almost unseen 9.5% of alcohol, is a little jewel of precision, the Wolfer Sonnenlay Kabinett has gained in refinement vs. its debut vintage last year and the Ellergrub Spätlese is as good as ever and, as usual, highly recommended. There are few growers in the Mosel who are more hard-working, gentle and idealistically dedicated to the Mosel cause than the Weiser-Künstler. We do so wish that Mother Nature would let this Estate reap more financial rewards from this hard work and dedication. The wines are certainly among the finest of the region.” 94/100 pts

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