Weiser-Künstler's 2016s are shimmeringly clear and painfully precise wines.
They shock you with their minerality, precision and overall composition.
As you might expect, it's at the Kabinett level where the radiance and finesse is the most overt.
The first Kabinett from Sonnenlay was in 2015 and for the 2016 vintage, Weiser-Künstler's holdings in the vineyard expanded. Sonnenlay is a south facing site in a side valley. Sonnenlay's location in a cooler side valley gives the Sonnenlay the zingy, salty and firm mineral core of a classic Kabinett. Judging by the first couple of vintages, Sonnenlay also appears to deliver weightless, complex layers.
The 2016 Sonnenlay Kabinett dazzles with its elegance. It's so agile and delicate. They really hit the mark. The wine has a beautiful feather weight finesse and yet simultaneously manages to be deeply complicated. When you add the piercing cut and fineness, you can understand why we'll drink plenty of this over the warm months and why we hope to have the discipline to age a couple of bottles.
Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler founded Weiser-Künstler in 2005 with just 1.8ha. They focused on the village of Enkirk and its surrounding areas. These vineyards had largely fallen into obscurity, but there was a time that they were considered some of the top sites in Mosel.
The winery quickly emerged as one of the best addresses in the region. Their ultra-clear, finely etched and deeply complex wines were simply too mesmerizing not to jump out at tasters. The 2016 Sonnenlay Kabinett is yet another reminder of the level that this estate works at. One of the issues with Weiser-Künstler is that there's never a lot to go around and it's a safe bet that our modest stock will disappear.
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