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. This vineyard is qualified as a VDP Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) site. Intense focus goes into the harvest of this vineyard - with multiple hand-passes of selection to pick only the best grapes possible. Picked at 103˚ Oechsle (24.4 Brix), 2019 produced only 650 cases of this wine.
Always stunning, the Spätlese 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. This wine has infinite aging potential.
Note that the reviews for 2019 have not been released. 2018 vintage – 96 Points, Stephan Reinhardt, Robert Parker Wine Advocate: "So clear, precise and fresh as well as flinty, like the generic Spätlese but with so much more intensity and concentration. On the palate, this Gräfenberg Spätlese is lush but enormously precise, piquant and firm, very elegant and complex, with fascinating acidity and phenolic as well as mineral grip and tension. A fascinating wine and one of the finest Spätlese in Germany from the 2019 vintage. So mouthwatering and stimulating due to a low pH level and 10 grams of total acidity."