notes from the importer:
“If I had to choose one wine to show how great dry German Riesling can be I would choose a Keller Riesling. Those wines are the German Montrachets” – Jancis Robinson, 2008
I love that quote. It’s crazy and audacious and sort of absurd.
Yet it’s been many years since Jancis penned that now-famous quote in the Financial Times and it’s not like the estate has lost any steam. Klaus Peter and Julia Keller have achieved a level of fame comparable only to Egon Müller in the Saar. In less than a decade, Keller has become one of the country’s greatest addresses. What makes this even more intriguing is that Keller is located in the Rheinhessen, one of the most maligned German winemaking regions. What’s more, they are located in what is usually considered the worst part of the Rheinhessen, the “Hügelland” – a double whammy if ever there was one.
Yet Keller has inspired an entire generation of young winemakers and single-handedly given birth to a Renaissance in the Rheinhessen. Storied vineyards that were all but forsaken – Kirchspiel, Hubacker, Morstein and Abtserde to name a few – are now seen as holy ground for Riesling and command some of the highest prices for dry wines in Germany.
Keller’s grand cru Rieslings are larger-than-life wines of incredible density and power; they are thoroughbreds. Yet what no one does better than Keller is to shape this considerable intensity into a form that is elegant, finessed — beautiful. Yes, a Keller GG is incredibly concentrated, lavish with detailed fruit, yet the minerality, the clarity, the form is what makes these wines unforgettable.
Riesling Von der Fels
The 2018er Riesling Trocken von der Fels comes only from Grand Cru sites, essentially from the Westhofener Kirchspiel and was fermented down to bone-dry levels (below 3 g/l of residual sugar). It is still very on the primary side on the nose, where residual scents from the spontaneous fermentation only gradually give way to almond cream, yellow peach, cassis, pear and spices. It proves nicely juicy and fruity on the palate, yet leaves a racy and vibrating feel in the bone-dry finish. A touch of tartness emerges in the after-taste which still needs to mellow away, something which will happen in a decade or so. It could then easily exceed our high expectations. 2028-2038+
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