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
At more than 650 years old Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt is one of the most historical Riseling properties in the Mosel. Not many other German wine estates own as many top single vineyard sites (VDP Grosse Lage) along the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer rivers. Their steep slopes require hand harvesting.
Careful selection in the vineyards and minimal intervention allows the grapes to ferment naturally and spontaneously in stainless steel. This enables the wines to highlight the individual characters of the different vineyards.
A wine with a very generous personality. Small yellow fruits such as mirabelle and greengage on the nose, along with delicate hints of citrus zest and lemon grass. This riesling is succulent but still has fine acidity.
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 harvests are very good, although yields vary considerably from vineyard to vineyard.
Harvest starts around September when the grapes are hand picked from top sites using three separate buckets, whereby the shrivelled berries are sorted again at the vat. This enables the winery to achieve top levels of ripeness.
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.