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-caliber Riesling cuvée. Its character derives from its origin, the unique vineyards along the Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer. The Riesling grapes were grown in slaty soils that lend the wine a wonderful fruitiness and hints of mineral. Overall, our 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 significent quantities of rainfall. Yet by then, growth was basically completed. 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 shriveled 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° Oe, 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 and pome fruits combine to create a harmonious bouquet: slightly tart apple, like Braeburn or Rubinette; green pear, like Alexander Lucas; and a bit of quince. Add the smell of wet slate. On the palate, it is mouth-filling and powerful - but not plump. Long, appealing finish.