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.

The oenologist and winemaker, Thomas Ganser, with in-depth professional qualification acquired at the Krems School of Oenology and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna joined us in time for our harvest 2015. Besides his extensive training Thomas is looking back at global practical experiences. Prior to his last employment as a winemaker in a renowned Austrian traditional winery he worked for wineries in New Zealand, Australia and Chile. The nature and sport-loving German whose favorite variety is, of course, Riesling is the perfect addition to our team.

The roots of the estate date back to the year 1679. From generation to generation the knowledge of winemaking was passed on and further developed. After nearly 300 years of mixed farming, the farm developed into a pure wine estate. Subsequently, the winery was further directed into a modern and future-oriented direction by focusing on environmentally sustainable viticulture. Davis is now fully committed to his own viticultural philosophy: the principle Terrafactum.

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.

Extra notes from us:

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 - 2017 Riesling, “Loisenberg”

Price: $27.00
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!