Is the taste of wine influenced by your surroundings? Of course it is. If you are in a beautiful place, with good company and there is delicious food around, the wine you’re sipping on must be predisposed to be good. However, most people will also know in their heart of hearts that a wine isn’t great.
When we opened the 2014 Robert Weil Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken, it wouldn’t dare be anything but stunning. There we were, in a sumptuously fitted-out house, amidst a hillside vineyard on a crackingly clear and serene evening, after a fun-filled day, chilling out with the Prophet-Man, who was humourously espousing his views on life, with the promise of a home-cooked meal in sight – life could hardly be better.
The wine opened beautifully, with a pale colour, and then a wonderfully balanced bouquet. Lime fruit, white florals, a suggestion of honeysuckle, and refined minerality. On palate, sheer elegance, dry to taste, but rich in fruitiness. Who would guess it is 13.0% alc.? The mouthfeel with beautiful poise, mouth-wateringly fresh, but in such a stylish way. This classical Rheingau trocken at its best.
Robert Weil is a younger estate in the region, but has a considerable 90 ha of vines. But the Turmberg site is steep and has mature vines from 30-50 years old. And it’s a monopole, owned by the Weils, now in their fourth generation of winegrowing. Weill be happy to drink this wine, in any situation.