As per the Klosterberg site, the vines here are in the 30- to 50-year-old range. The name Turmberg—or ‘tower hill’—derives from the ruins of the last surviving tower of the former castle, Burg Scharfenstein (12th century), positioned dramatically atop the vineyard. The infamous German wine law of 1971 made this site a part of the neighbouring Gräfenberg, yet in 2005, Weil succeeded in having this 3.8-hectare plot reinstated as an individual classified site in the vineyard register (historically it had been a separate vineyard, reflecting the unique terroir). The Kiedrich Turmberg is a monopole, owned in its entirety by the Robert Weil Estate and, alongside Gräfenberg, is today classified as a Grosse Lage (although Weil chooses not to bottle a Grosses Gewächs from this site).
With its base of phyllite rock (metamorphosed slate) and thin topsoil, the Turmberg vineyard offers up fruit of much more mineral voltage than the Klosterberg, and in general is a far racier wine (think great St Aubin as opposed to great Chassagne). Again, this stunning, ultra-precise Riesling was raised entirely in Doppelstückfass for eight months. It’s incredibly perfumed with pure grapefruit aromatics leading to a racy, pithy, grapefruit and passionfruit blossom noted palate, with a rocky, smoky and mineral drive that lingers on and on.
“A whiff of smoky mystery sucks you into this concentrated and very elegant dry wine that has strident minerality through the very long, driving finish. Great aging potential.” 95 points, Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com.
“The 2019 Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken is more closed on the nose at this stage than the Gräfenberg GG and shows a pure, fresh and citrus-scented bouquet with stony aromas and notes of orange oil. Full-bodied, intense and structured on the palate, this is a juicy, still slightly phenolic but elegant and refined Riesling that will improve with bottle age. It is salty and piquant on the stimulating finish.” 93-94 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate.