2013 Weingut Keller Kirchspiel Riesling Grosses Gewachs #135016928


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Reviews 93 points Wine Advocate "Straw yellow/white golden in color, the 2013 Westhofen Kirchspiel Riesling trocken offers a deep, dense and complex, fascinatingly pure and developing bouquet of powdered limestone, peeled limes, herbs (tarragon) and white peaches. Rich, round, and complex on the palate, this medium to full-bodied, concentrated, juicy yet firmly structured, piquant and persistently mineral Riesling has a refreshingly citric, stimulating finish and can age at least for a decade. (SR)" 95 points John Gilman "The 2013 Kirchspiel offers up a wonderfully pure and refined nose that just exudes limestone minerality in its melange of mandarin orange, gentle smoky tones, wild yeasts, kaleidoscopic minerality, orange zest and a nice dollop of dried flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and absolutely defined by its brilliant complex minerality, with superb mid-palate depth, electric acidity, seamless balance and laser-like focus on the very, very long, primary and dancing finish. A brilliant vintage of Kirchspiel GG. (JG)"

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About Weingut Keller

Weingut Keller, located in Germany's Rheinhessen region, has risen to great prominence under the guidance of Klaus Peter and Julia Keller. Despite being situated in the once unfavorable "Hügelland," or hill country, Keller has sparked a renaissance in the region. Overlooked, vineyards like Kirchspiel, Hubacker, Morstein, and Abtserde are now revered for Riesling production, commanding high praise for their exceptional dry wines.

Keller's grand cru Rieslings are powerful and dense yet possess an elegant and refined beauty. The wines exhibit remarkable concentration, detailed fruit flavors, and a distinct minerality that makes them truly unforgettable. Beyond dry GGs, Keller produces outstanding Scheurebes, Rieslaners, Sylvaners, Auslesen, BA, and TBAs. This is a testament to Klaus Peter's affinity for the Mosel-style wines, influenced by his mother's heritage.

Keller's pursuit of excellence extends to the production of Spätburgunder. The rolling hills of the Rheinhessen, reminiscent of Burgundy's Côte d'Or, provide a favorable terroir for these captivating Pinots. Klaus Peter's passion for Burgundy is evident, as he visits the region often, and counts legends like Hubert Lignier and Eric Rousseau as friends.

Klaus Peter has made subtle changes in the cellar over the years but has really prioritized quality vineyard work. Fermentation occurs in old oak fuders, utilizing indigenous yeasts whenever possible. Extended skin contact and lees aging also contribute to the wines' deep, layered complexity.

Klaus Peter Keller's commitment to quality and innovation has garnered him a cult-like following. His wines, often compared to Burgundy's top Grand Cru whites, continue to evolve and improve with age, offering a harmonious balance of power, elegance, and refined delicacy.

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