Keller, masters of German Riesling
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in News
Weingut Keller. The very mention of the name will make Riesling purists in Australia and around the world scramble for an allocation of the highly sought after GGs (Grosses Gewächs). Or indeed any of their wines. Keller is German Riesling at its best, says Jesper Kjaersgaard. Shop Keller wines in our German Riesling portfolio.
It is with great pleasure that we can offer these Keller wines to you. In this first release, we will have five of the more easily accessible wines, but please don’t sleep on these as they will not last long. They are truly spectacular and serve as a great introduction to Keller’s brilliance.
There is no brighter star in the Riesling sky than Klaus-Peter Keller. From Rheinhessen, just 45 minutes south of Frankfurt, Klaus-Peter joined his father at the family-run estate in 2001 after finishing his winemaking studies and apprenticeships at hallowed Burgundian estates such as Armand Rousseau and Hubert Lignier.
The Keller family has been making wine in Rheinhessen for nine generations. Although always highly regarded, it was only when Klaus-Peter joined the business in 1999 that the wines started growing in reputation. Today, they are now regarded as the greatest Rieslings in the world.
At Weingut Keller, there is immense attention to detail. The work in the vineyard is incredible and nothing is left untouched. What makes Keller wines so profound is the balance between weight, fruit and sweetness. Not once have I tried one of his wines where I have felt that it is too dry, too sweet or too high in acidity. My thoughts are never distracted by something being out of place. The balance is impeccable. These wines thrive on an abundance of clarity and joyfulness.
Do yourself a favour and give these wines a go–trust me, you will not regret it. In this first release we have five Keller wines;
The go-to wine in the Keller portfolio. At a very accessible price, I encourage everyone to try this wine at least once. Pear in abundance, citrus, apple blossom and chalky limestone make this is a very impressive introduction to Keller. With a fruit palate that never gets tropical or flat, Klaus-Peter shows us his true talent in this wine and I struggle to think of a bigger bargain in the wonderful world of Riesling.
With green apple and citrus, this wine has a buzzing, electric acidity most reminiscent of a mid 50s Be-Bop album. I challenge you to not to tap your foot whilst drinking it. The energy of this wine jumps at you from your first sniff and taste and it is next to impossible to detect any residual sweetness. Another of my perennial favourites, in 2018, Keller has made a magnificent wine.
Limestone Kabinett Riesling
Always one of my favourites and the perfect accompaniment to Australian spring (or summer, or autumn for that matter). With 40g/L of residual sugar, one could be led to think that this is a sweet wine, but with same electric acidity and stunning fruit intensity, this wine serves as a perfect example of what balance means to a wine. Yes, it has a sweetness, but it’s held in place by mouthwatering, zinging acidity. ith notes of pink and yellow citrus, green apple and yellow peach, it is utterly delicious. Close your eyes, turn your face towards the sun, and you would think that you are drinking sunshine.
Grüner Silvaner Trocken
This is more commonly known as Silvaner. Don’t be confused by the ‘Grüner’ in the name as it has nothing to do with Grüner Veltliner. The fruit for the Grüner Silvaner Trocken comes from one of Keller’s GG vineyards, Burgel. In 2018, Klaus-Peter produced a delicious wine showing pear, citrus, green apple and some liquorice on the nose. Its saliva-inducing acidity and juiciness make it hard for me to remember a more enjoyable vintage of this wine.
From 60+year old vines, this wine comes from hand-picked parcels and shows brilliant purity of fruit but with a great reductive, smoky character from the mineral-laden soils. It’s a textural, serious wine that finishes with a great mouthwatering acidity. A perfect wine match for sole meuniere.
The wines of Weingut Keller are available at Langton’s. Strictly limited in number, if you want to access our rare Keller wines, please contact your Langton’s Wine Broker.