Erben Von Beulwitz

The Story

Herbert (Herbie) Weis is a very busy man. Not only does he make marvelous and elegant Ruwer Rieslings bottled under his estate known as Erben Von Beulwitz, but he also runs a nice hotel and first-class restaurant. A father to three daughters and husband to a beautiful and very charming wife (who will greet you at the front desk), he is a marathon runner to boot. And Herbie still manages to find the energy to work some of the steepest vineyards in Germany, some of which hit a 70% slope.

Larger than life—at about 5’1”—this master hospitalitarian sprints from one end of the hotel to the next and through the restaurant, graciously greeting all guests with his hands waving in every direction as he shouts instructions at every staff member he sees. He aims to please his patrons on all levels and it is always a special occasion for a visit with Herbie.

He prefers to wait to bottle his wines until after we’ve tasted them with him to ensure that we are as pleased as he is, and so we get exactly what we want from his nice collection of separately vinified micro-parcels. After a vigorous tasting (seatbelt and rain gear almost required) with wine thrown in every direction, mixtures of this, that and the other—poured as much on the table as in our glass—we are sent away to bed from a table where wine glasses are left floating on pond of Riesling. The wines are like the man: endless high-toned energy, intense, old school, clean, unpretentious and focused.

Lay of the Land

The wines we buy from Herbie Weis are sourced from the town of Kasel and a single formidable and breathtaking vineyard, Nies’chen, a grand cru site of hard-packed Devonian blue slate soil. The hill is so steep (60-70% slope) in every parcel that there is no chance for a topsoil of any depth, only slate stone. The Ruwer is named after the tiny river—more like a small creek—that runs about 30 miles in total length with its final destination northeast of the wonderful ancient Roman city, Trier, and into Mosel river. The temperature is cold within this small river valley, which in combination to the extreme blue slate hillside, renders complex wines with a compact jewel-like elegance and forceful but fine acidity.

The Kabinett is made from vines that are no younger than 60 years, while the Spatlese—all labeled as “alte reben,” which means “old vines,”—comes from vines with at least 100 years of age. These ancient vines are used for most of the range above Spatlese (like Auslese, BA, TBA and so on). Von Beulwitz’ wines represent the finest and most elegant Ruwer Rieslings.

Erben Von Beulwitz - 2016 Riesling, Kaseler Nies’chen “Auf den Mauern” Grosses Gewächs

Price: $47.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

Out of stock

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

INFORMATION DISCLAIMER

Terroir: The Ruwer wine region is named after the tiny river (but more like a creek) that runs about 30 miles before joining the Mosel River at the old Roman city, Trier. The vineyards are well exposed and steep and surrounding hills help to soften the intense winds from the north and east. In one of the coldest winegrowing regions in Germany, the town of Kasel has an extreme site called Nies’chen whose vineyards are set on compact blue slate and sparse stony topsoil which render complex wines with jewel-like elegance and forceful but fine acidity. Auf den Mauern means “on the walls” and is located above a large retaining wall on some of hill’s the steepest sections. It’s exposure to southern winds inhibits the development of botrytis.

Vinification: The grapes are harvested and macerated on skins in difficult and/or cooler years for 6-12 hours; in the best years there is no maceration. Sulfites are normally added after spontaneous (95% of the time) alcoholic fermentation which takes place in a mix of old small foudre and stainless steel tanks. No malolactic fermentation.

Aging: Aged for 6-9 months mostly in stainless steel vats with sizes of 100-1000 liters and partially in old wooden foudre. No fining. Filtered with diatomaceous earth filter (kieselguhr).

(Subjective and based on young wines)

General Impressions:

Classic Ruwer Riesling, Tense, Aromatic, Flowers, Honeycomb, ADULT CANDY!

Mineral Impressions:

Lightly SaltySaltyMetalMineralWet StoneFlintGraphiteReductivePetrol

Ageability:

Drink YoungShort-Term BenefitsLong-Term BenefitsUnknown

Technical Precision:

NatureModerateNurture

Intensity:

SubtleVigorousElectric

Core:

LitheMediumDense

Acidity:

LightMediumFullElectric

Texture:

LitheMediumDense

Body:

LightMediumFull

Tannin:

NoneLightMediumFull

Finish:

FrontMiddleBack

Wood Presence:

NoneSubtleNoticeable

The Vineyard

Soil:

Hard packed Devonian blue slate bedrock with thin topsoil derived of decomposed slate and large slate stones.

Farming:

SustainableOrganic CertifiedBiodynamic CertifiedUncertified Naturalist

Irrigation:

ForbiddenNeverSometimes

Vine Age:

The entire vineyard is 8-95 years old, but the older vines are used for Grosses Gewächs wines.

Altitude (meters):

230-265

Aspect:

South/South West

Slope:

Extremely Steep (40-57%)
(typical numbers; not vintage specific)

Enological Additions:

Sulfur Dioxide

Total SO2:

None AddedVery LowLowMediumHigh

Alcohol:

12-12.5

pH:

3.15-3.25

Titratable Acidity:

6.0-7.5

Residual Sugar:

>8.7

Notes compiled in 2019 by Ted Vance (The Source) and Herbert Weis (Erben Von Beulwitz)