Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler run a tiny, 4-hectare estate. Just downstream from the famous “Hollywood” section of the Middle Mosel, they quietly go about their business of crafting some of the world’s most pristine, detailed, pure Rieslings. The dry Rieslings are razor sharp, more about mineral, salt and flower than about fruit. The Prädikat wines are “old
school,” with lower amounts of residual sugar and higher amounts of acidity than most. They shiver with tension and acidity and
remain fresh, agile and versatile. In other words, Weiser-Künstler does it all, and does it all beautifully.
Depending on the vintage there will be a light crushing and gentle pressing or direct whole bunch pressing
in a pneumatic press. Wines are fermented with native yeasts and raised in a combination of stainless steel, old oak Fuders and some used barriques, different wines will see various vessels based on yield and vintage character. Auslese wines are made from only from botrytised, never dried berries.
vineyard work: Absolutely no use of insecticides/pesticides; demeter-approved spraying for fungus with minimal copper use (1/3 amount as allowed by organic certifications), minimal plowing, excess vegetation is trimmed, otherwise the soil is left alone. All vineyard work and harvesting is done by hand.
The Riesling Weiser-Künstler, as it is referred to on the main label (the reference to the vintage is left for the back label), is a barely off-dry wine (with 18 g/l of residual sugar) made from Estate’s holdings and from grapes sourced at a befriended organic grower in the Enkircher Steffensberg. It offers a fresh and joyful nose of anise, minty herbs, vineyard peach, as well as plenty of spices. The wine comes initially over as delicately smooth and juicy yet the acidity quickly joins the party and gives focus and presence to the wine. The finish is already dry in taste as the racy acidity brings animating freshness.
-Mosel Fine Wines