Weingut Keller

von der Fels Rheinhessen Riesling

9.2519 ratings
9.3157 pro ratings
Rheinhessen, Germany
Riesling
Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Fish, Fruit Desserts, Meaty & Oily Fish, Duck, Goat & Feta Cheese, Blue Cheese
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Weijie Shi (Jay)

Baby Gmax. Well worth the price

Baby Gmax. Well worth the price

Oct 2nd, 2021
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.5

There are some times when the only thing that will suffice is one of the world’s greatest Rieslings. Klaus-Peter Keller @kellerdalsheim is, in my mind, the undisputed master of the Rheinhessen region of Germany. The Keller family has been making wine for 10 generations, and the oldest parcel of Riesling they have has been handed down within the family since 1789. Keller, who apprenticed in Burgundy before studying enology at Geisenheim told me that he looks for “playful elegance” in wine. He wants it to dance on the palate. And I’ve never had a bottle of his wine that hasn’t made ME want to dance. This one marries lemon pith and lemon oil with Asian pear and mandarine orange peel. But all of these flavors are perceived through a quartz-like minerality that evokes the feeling of licking an icicle or exploring a glacial cave. Stunning clarity and incredible acidity makes for a profound glass of mostly-dry Riesling.

There are some times when the only thing that will suffice is one of the world’s greatest Rieslings. Klaus-Peter Keller @kellerdalsheim is, in my mind, the undisputed master of the Rheinhessen region of Germany. The Keller family has been making wine for 10 generations, and the oldest parcel of Riesling they have has been handed down within the family since 1789. Keller, who apprenticed in Burgundy before studying enology at Geisenheim told me that he looks for “playful elegance” in wine. He wants it to dance on the palate. And I’ve never had a bottle of his wine that hasn’t made ME want to dance. This one marries lemon pith and lemon oil with Asian pear and mandarine orange peel. But all of these flavors are perceived through a quartz-like minerality that evokes the feeling of licking an icicle or exploring a glacial cave. Stunning clarity and incredible acidity makes for a profound glass of mostly-dry Riesling.

Sep 5th, 2021
Ed Lehrman

fresh as a daisy still 9 years later.

fresh as a daisy still 9 years later.

Apr 4th, 2021
Aaron Tan

For me this bottle was probably compromised by transport. I've had this with KP last year and I assure you that this bottle was just not right. Yes, you still get all the lovely stone fruit and cassis notes in the bouquet, but also a touch of petrol which suggests to me that there was a little more oxygen ingress than intended. While it's linear from the start to mid-palate, it starts to mellow away rapidly in the back end which mutes the anticipated penetrating finish. Still nice, but not at all the juicy, mineral von der Fels I love.

For me this bottle was probably compromised by transport. I've had this with KP last year and I assure you that this bottle was just not right. Yes, you still get all the lovely stone fruit and cassis notes in the bouquet, but also a touch of petrol which suggests to me that there was a little more oxygen ingress than intended. While it's linear from the start to mid-palate, it starts to mellow away rapidly in the back end which mutes the anticipated penetrating finish. Still nice, but not at all the juicy, mineral von der Fels I love.

Jul 13th, 2020
Ed Lehrman

2 years since my last bottle and this baby is still singing.

2 years since my last bottle and this baby is still singing.

May 4th, 2020
Alex Jones

Marketing/Development Kunni/Westerly Wines

8.9

Lemon zest, limestone, and apple. A lot of fun to drink and will be better in time.

Lemon zest, limestone, and apple. A lot of fun to drink and will be better in time.

Apr 20th, 2020
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Mainly primary on the nose. Generous. Grapefruit, lemon, lees/yeasty, touch of minerals. Good acidity, finish long with just a hint of round sweetness although RS<3g/L. All from GG sites, mainly Kirchspiel. For the price, an outrageous steel...12.5% alc

Mainly primary on the nose. Generous. Grapefruit, lemon, lees/yeasty, touch of minerals. Good acidity, finish long with just a hint of round sweetness although RS<3g/L. All from GG sites, mainly Kirchspiel. For the price, an outrageous steel...12.5% alc

Apr 2nd, 2020
Josh Morgenthau

Lime and rocks on the nose. Battery acid and citrus zest on the palate. A bit unforgiving now... will revisit in a few years.

Lime and rocks on the nose. Battery acid and citrus zest on the palate. A bit unforgiving now... will revisit in a few years.

Feb 10th, 2020
John Willison

Lime zest, green apple, limestone, pink currant, chalky petrol finish, precision acidity. Yes.

Lime zest, green apple, limestone, pink currant, chalky petrol finish, precision acidity. Yes.

Aug 3rd, 2019
Boxer Briefs

Sourced from the young vine parcels in Keller’s GG sites. >25 years old vines. 3% RS in 2014. Insanely good.

Sourced from the young vine parcels in Keller’s GG sites. >25 years old vines. 3% RS in 2014. Insanely good.

Apr 14th, 2019