From Vine Farmer:
In 2013, Michi Weber and his brother partnered to reclaim underutilized family vineyards in the Saar. No stranger to wine, Michi is formerly the managing director of production at the acclaimed Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt estate. Weber Brüder was founded with the goal of creating true Saar wines through farming in a more natural and sustainable way than is common throughout Germany. This way of farming helps to foster cellar practices such as spontaneous fermentation.
Decisions are made by feel but never ignorance, as Michi’s formal education and experience is always close by. Goats naturally tending the vineyards lead an intuitive yet uncommon approach that yields wine of great pleasure, authenticity, and soul. We find these wines show a denser, linear side to Riesling that is truly Saar in style. In recent years, Weber Brüder has been receiving acclaim and notoriety in Germany. We are proud to be the first to introduce the wines of Weber Brüder to the USA.
The Wine - The grapes for this wine from from the Oberemmeler Altenberg vineyard; a well regarded vineyard in the Saar. This Spätlese is all about the tension and harmony that comes from a balance of sugar and acid. Where Spätlese from the middle Mosel can be featherweight and ethereal, this wine is more linear and textural and takes time to unwind.
April 2020 Check In - For a similar style, there is no question that Aphrodite provides more pleasure today than this wine does. However, it's also clear that this Spätlese will be the distance runner and will eventually eclipse Aphrodite. Although hugely aromatic, this wine is bracing, dense and a little bit foursquare in youth. I enjoy young, bracing Riesling like this, but enjoy meditative Riesling more once its had time to achieve inner harmony. I have no doubt that this wine will become that in time.