The designation of Grosses Gewächs (“great growth”) refers to only the top dry wines produced from a VDP Grosse Lage (“grand cru”) classified vineyard. GG wines are known for expressing the unique character of the vineyard and, being full-bodied dry wines, have great versatility with food.
The classification of VDP Grosse Lage applies to our finest hillside vineyard – the Kiedrich Gräfenberg. Riesling grapes have grown here for centuries, with references of production here back to the late 12th century. The vineyard is a southwest-facing site with deep to medium-deep soil, predominantly stony, fragmented phyllite, and dramatic inclines of up to 60 %. The wines produced from this vineyard offer a particularly expressive sense of terroir, as well as exceptional aging potential.
2019 was an exceptional vintage in the Rheingau and showcases the fantastic potential for aging from our Gräfenberg vineyard. The vintage started out quite warm, leading to an early budbreak. This was met with a very cold May, delaying and decreasing the potential for flowering. Fortunately here at Weingut Robert Weil, we only noticed small decreases in yields compared to our neighbors. As summer came, the weather patterns were extreme, which caused stress in the vines – aiding in concentration and capturing very high acidity. Looking back, 2019 was a demanding vintage, yet it was also one that rewarded our constant labor in the vineyard with stunning, healthy, and high-quality fruit -- the foundation for long-lived wines guaranteed to age gracefully in the cellar for many years to come.
97 points, Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com – “Deep, dense and subtle, this is an imposing wine, yet remains so vital and animating. Shimmering with a thousand facets, but also with a forthright, nectarine note that makes it instantly appealing. Brilliant finish that reminds us what it's like to be up in high mountains – the light, the air. Drink or hold.”