Weszeli

The Story

“When all the elements of the ecosystem are in perfect harmony, the wines develop their distinctive character that only nature can bring forth.” – Rupert Summerer.  Rupert was born into a long lineage of winemakers and, though his dream growing up wasn’t to take over the family estate, he nonetheless became the “next generation.” The estate was established in 1679, when the family practiced mixed farming. After 300 years, Rupert’s father converted the farm into a winery and focused completely on viticulture. Vineyard management and farming has always been primary to the Summerer family and regarded with uncompromising quality standards.  Davis Weszeli joined the winery in 2011 as a partner, at which time the estate was renamed.  Davis and Rupert share the philosophy that organic viticulture is of the utmost importance in preserving authenticity in wine and together they developed a name for their practices called The Principal Terrafactum – meaning biological diversity in the vineyard is the center of their work. In the cellar they treat each wine based on its own unique character, such as letting the wine sit with its lees or in barrel for as much time as needed, regardless of release shcedule. The results are always piercingly mineral focused whites with incredible depth and personality.

Lay of the Land

The Weszeli estate is situated in the Kamptal region of Austria, and their 30 hectares of Gruner Veltliner and Riesling vineyards surround the town of Langenlois. The Kamptal is a unique valley region in Austria and one that sits at an altitude of 200-300 meters. The summer days area hot, though with the warm Pannonian winds that meet the cooler Northwest winds, the nights cool down significantly, causing high diurnal fluctuations. The soil is primarily loess, gneiss, and clay, ideal for growing Gruner Veltliner and Riesling. The long growing season and sunny autumn days allow the grapes to reach full physiological maturity. The Kamptal has been long known to produce some of Austria’s finest white wines.

Reid Loisenberg Riesling

Weszeli - 2015 Riesling, “Loisenberg”

Price: $24.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

24+ in stock

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

The Wine

The value in this wine is simply outrageous and almost impossible to match. As the largest plot of Riesling that Davis owns, it’s what is used for his entry-level Riesling bottlings. Though there’s no doubt his other premier cru Riesling sites, Steinmassl and Seeberg, are far more powerful, one could argue that this wine deserves as much attention, depending on stylistic preferences. If you find pleasure in edgy, intense, and sharp mineral impressions that knock you over the head, this is the wine for you!

My jaw dropped as Davis explained the attributes of this wine, aged in stainless steel for five months: Pure gneiss soil (almost no topsoil), 380-meter elevation, south/southeast facing, completely exposed and cold—the last to be picked every year. In other words, just how I would describe the perfect Riesling terroir.

The wine is full of mineral, smoke, wet stone, salt, and spice, with the gorgeous, subtle floral aspects that I believe must accompany a great cold climate Riesling from an extreme site. Recently, a former retailer friend of mine told me that if he used the word floral to describe a wine, it often turned people off. If one can’t appreciate the exquisite floral aromas in a Riesling, then maybe this grape is not for them! Of course, I’m not referring to Grandma’s floral perfume… I’m talking the kind of floral that transports you to a dark cobblestone street in Loisen after a cold and unexpected rain, when the faintest waft of night blooming white flower hits your nose—yeah, that sublime kind of floral!

About The Wine

The value in this wine is simply outrageous and almost impossible to match. As the largest plot of Riesling that Davis owns, it’s what is used for his entry-level Riesling bottlings. Though there’s no doubt his other premier cru Riesling sites, Steinmassl and Seeberg, are far more powerful, one could argue that this wine deserves as much attention, depending on stylistic preferences. If you find pleasure in edgy, intense, and sharp mineral impressions that knock you over the head, this is the wine for you!

My jaw dropped as Davis explained the attributes of this wine, aged in stainless steel for five months: Pure gneiss soil (almost no topsoil), 380-meter elevation, south/southeast facing, completely exposed and cold—the last to be picked every year. In other words, just how I would describe the perfect Riesling terroir.

The wine is full of mineral, smoke, wet stone, salt, and spice, with the gorgeous, subtle floral aspects that I believe must accompany a great cold climate Riesling from an extreme site. Recently, a former retailer friend of mine told me that if he used the word floral to describe a wine, it often turned people off. If one can’t appreciate the exquisite floral aromas in a Riesling, then maybe this grape is not for them! Of course, I’m not referring to Grandma’s floral perfume… I’m talking the kind of floral that transports you to a dark cobblestone street in Loisen after a cold and unexpected rain, when the faintest waft of night blooming white flower hits your nose—yeah, that sublime kind of floral!