Weszeli

The Story

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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

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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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Reid Loisenberg Riesling

Weszeli - 2017 Riesling, “Loiserberg”

Price: $30.00
Size: 750ml
Availability: 

Out of 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!