Weszeli

The Story

Thanks to Davis Weszeli for the following:

A father of three children, Davis switched from the hustle and bustle of city life to agriculture in order to be much closer to nature. Davis started to appreciate the art of the Kamptal vintners early on. This led to the acquisition of a traditional winery in 2011.

In his ambition for outstanding achievements, Davis aims at creating unique wines at the winery. Aspects that are particularly important to him in this context are the sustainability of organic viticulture and the authenticity of the wines: no additives and no technical tricks, but rather targeted support to the ecosystem so that the vines can fully benefit from the potential of the terroir. He approaches wine with a big understanding for the old and proven. At the same time he makes it to the test with some unorthodox approaches. Davis is sure that new findings combined with well-tried form the basis for a sustainable development of the estate.

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Lay of the Land

Thanks to Davis Weszeli for the following:

The vineyards of Weingut Weszeli are situated around the town of Langenlois, in Austria’s Kamptal region. On 30 hectares, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling of the highest quality are grown. The wine estate has a long tradition, cultivating grapes and producing wine since 1679. And now, Davis Weszeli connects the old family knowledge, developed over so many generations, with his own special wine philosophy: the Principle Terrafactum. This means that he places the vineyard itself, with its tremendous biological diversity, at the very center of his work – because that is where the true character of the wine is formed. He supports the interaction of flora and fauna with every effort. This also means that hardly any machines are used in the vineyards. Whether it comes to the care of the vines, the shortening of the leaves or the harvesting, this work is carried out by hand. And this kind of respect is employed even through the gentle vinification process.” -Thanks to Weszeli for these notes borrowed from their website.

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Seeberg Riesling

Weszeli - 2012 Riesling, “Seeberg”

Price: $63.00
Size: 750ml
Availability: 

24+ in stock

Type of Wine: White
Grape(s): Riesling
Style: High acid, Mineral

The Wine

The diversity of the Kamptal is extensive, and Davis Weszeli has great breadth in various exposures, soil types, and genetic materials that have amassed from the nearly 400-year-old Summerer estate he purchased in 2010. Seeberg, primarily grown on mica schist (another acidic rock type), gives tremendous saltiness and deep mineral characteristics, and may be the top site in his collection.

Honey, apple, preserved lemon, and a light white smokiness lead with aromatic charm, while the initial attack on the front palate is strong and piercing with layers of texture. This high acid, salty wine is ripe with tart apricot flavors and finishes with a soft bitterness—a welcome quality in a wine like this!—lingering on the back-palate for what seems like minutes. 18 months in semi-neutral 2000-liter oak barrels (purchased in 2011) help transform what could be a behemoth wine with ridged angles into a vast wine that manages to be both lithe and deeply complex.

INFORMATION DISCLAIMER

Terroir: The expanse of nearly 4000 hectares of vines in Lower Austria’s Kamptal wine region follows a final north to south segment of the Kamp River before it joins the Danube not too far down stream. Here there is an immense variation of soil and bedrock types and microclimates. However, what all vineyards in the Kamptal have in common (as does much of the winegrowing regions in Lower Austria, or Niederösterreich) is the tug of war between the warm Pannonian winds from the east and the Waldviertel cool air that comes in from the northwest. Seeberg is located north of Langenlois and northwest of Zöbing, close to the river where it begins to narrow, which brings in even more cold air than further south.

Vinification: Weszeli remains flexible in order to work around their philosophical ideas that may not match with the needs of each vintage. Generally, each vineyard is picked three times: the first grapes are used for entry-level wines or sparkling base, the second for blending options used for entry-level wines and the last (best) are kept for the Erste Lage and Purus wines. Once the grapes for the Erste Lage are picked they are whole bunch macerated between 6-18 hours—longer in cooler years, shorter in hotter ones. The first sulfite addition is usually made after the 2-3 month spontaneous alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel is completed. Malolactic fermentation may happen (if there is no addition of sulfite for a good length of time, which allows for lower sulfite levels), although it’s not desired.

Aging: 18 months in 2000-liter oak barrels (first used in 2011). Filtered with plate and frame.

(Subjective and based on young wines)

Ageability:

Drink YoungShort-Term BenefitsLong-Term BenefitsUnknown

Technical Precision:

NatureModerateNurture

The Vineyard

Soil:

Mica schist bedrock with a topsoil composed of decomposed bedrock, löss, clay and sand.

Farming:

SustainableOrganic CertifiedBiodynamic CertifiedUncertified Naturalist

In 2017 Organic conversion began and in 2019 Biodynamic conversion will start.

Irrigation:

ForbiddenNeverSometimes

Vine Age:

Planted 1966

Altitude (meters):

270-320

Aspect:

South

Slope:

Large gradual terraces (3-5%)
(typical numbers; not vintage specific)

Enological Additions:

Sulfur Dioxide

Total SO2:

None AddedVery LowLowMediumHigh

Alcohol:

12.5-13.5

pH:

3.20-3.30

Titratable Acidity:

6-7.5

Residual Sugar:

>4

Notes compiled in 2019 by Ted Vance (The Source), Thomas Ganser (Weszeli) and other sources, like Kamptal.at and Austrianwine.com

About The Wine

The diversity of the Kamptal is extensive, and Davis Weszeli has great breadth in various exposures, soil types, and genetic materials that have amassed from the nearly 400-year-old Summerer estate he purchased in 2010. Seeberg, primarily grown on mica schist (another acidic rock type), gives tremendous saltiness and deep mineral characteristics, and may be the top site in his collection.

Honey, apple, preserved lemon, and a light white smokiness lead with aromatic charm, while the initial attack on the front palate is strong and piercing with layers of texture. This high acid, salty wine is ripe with tart apricot flavors and finishes with a soft bitterness—a welcome quality in a wine like this!—lingering on the back-palate for what seems like minutes. 18 months in semi-neutral 2000-liter oak barrels (purchased in 2011) help transform what could be a behemoth wine with ridged angles into a vast wine that manages to be both lithe and deeply complex.