Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt celebrated in 1999 its 650th anniversary - 1349-1999 - and is a world recognized producer of the finest German Riesling wines from Mosel, Saar and Ruwer region. All vineyards are family-owned. The Kesselstatt estate has always managed its vineyards to emphasize quality. Strict limitations on yields, modern temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation tanks and perfect storage conditions ensure that the Kesselstatt Riesling wines show a great character. Only Riesling grapes are cultivated on the 36 ha of its top Mosel-Saar-Ruwer vineyard sites. It is the goal of the Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt estate to reflect the terroir in its Rieslings and to maintain the fruit and aroma of the grapes in the wines. These characteristics - clear fruit and transparency - make Riesling so unique. All wines are fermented with native yeasts at very low temperatures
RK is a high-calibre Riesling cuvée. Its character derives from its origin: the unique vineyards along the Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer. The Riesling grapes are grown in slatey soils that lend the wine a wonderful fruitiness and hints of minerality. Overall, the harvest was very good, although yields varied considerably from vineyard to vineyard.
The growing season began with little moisture in the soil, followed by a dry spring and a hot, dry summer. It wasn’t until August and September that there were any significant quantities of rainfall, but by then, growth was mostly complete. The result: small, golden-yellow berries with extremely little juice.
Harvest started on 28 September 2015. We picked the grapes from our top sites using three separate buckets, whereby the shrivelled berries were sorted again at the vat. These efforts enabled us to achieve top levels of ripeness of up to 181 degrees Oechsle. Thanks to very cool and primarily dry weather, we were able to harvest at a relaxed pace. For the most part, musts ranged between 85 and 95° Oechsle, with 9 to 10 g/l of acidity. The result: healthy, golden-yellow berries with Oechsle readings between 92 and 100° and sensational fruit aromas.
The delectable aromas of several stone fruits combine to create a harmonious bouquet: slightly tart apple, like Braeburn or Rubinette; green pear, like Alexander Lucas; and a bit of quince, and the smell of wet slate. On the palate, it is mouth-filling and powerful but not plump. Long, appealing finish.