Wednesday 12 December 2012

Keller Magic

How does he do it? Every bottle from this producer is liquefied gold, if you are a Riesling junkie like yours truly.
These two bottles were opened and enjoyed over the last two weeks. They keep forever in the fridge, and often gets better and better with time, that is if you can keep your hands of them...
Klaus Peter is, with Helmut Dönnhoff, The Wizard when it comes to Riesling.

2009 Westhofen Kirchspiel Riesling Trocken, Keller
A penetrating, deep, extrovert, lovely nose with notes of lemon curd, buttercup flowers, white pears, hay and some rubber notes. After some time in the glass notes of nutmeg and sweet minerals emerge. Very young, very deep and very, very good.
The taste is purity itself with a brilliant acidity and young, tight, sweet fruit in the shape of lemon, lime and apricots, with additional notes of freshly cut grass, summer flowers, hard lemon candy and lots and lots of minerals. The finish goes on for over a minute. So, so young, but impossible to resist at this stage.
94p (tasted 2012/11)

2008 Westhofen Kirchspiel Riesling Trocken, Keller
Even though very deep and intense on the nose, this is a bit more restrained than the 09 on the nose. But there is lots of good stuff going on here all the same - fine notes of dried apricots, grass, candied lemons and a touch of furniture polish. Deep and fine.
The taste tight, fresh and intense with lovely notes of sweet lemons, grey pears, summer flowers and masses of crushed slate. Very long and fine. A gorgeous sweet/sour/salty note in the finish. The taste is firing on all cylinders. Gorgeous stuff.
93p (tasted 2012/11)

Thank god I have more bottles of this nectar!


  1. I am also a fan, hard not to be. It was the 2008 Kirchspiel that opened my Keller-eyes :) An amazing wine and the reason why I always buy Keller, every year, regardless of variations. Haven't opened the 2011 yet but I guess I wont be disappointed after have had the trocken, VdF and RR. Have you tasted any of the Abtserde and G-max? Who am I asking, of course you have, any good ;)

    1. I have only, if my memory serves me right, had the G-max on two occasions and the Abtserde on a few more, and I have on those occasions prefered the Abtserde. But they have been very young, so down the line, maybe it well be the opposite verdict...

  2. Keller's truly magic! I have a few 2008s in my cellar that might come up shortly...

  3. Hello. You say that they keep forever in the fridge. Do you just put the cork in the bottle or do you use vacuum pump or gas(Private Preserve)? How do you keep your red wines when opend? It would be great to know more how to best keep opend bottles. Thank you!

    1. When it comes to Riesling, even old ones, I just insert a clean cork in the bottle, and they keep for weeks.
      For red wines it depends - if I´m curious about the development I do the same as above. If I want to save it as it is, I usually pour the remains into a smaller bottle (I have lots of different sizes) all the way up to the rim. Then it usually stays the same way for at least a week in the cellar.
      Hope that helps!

  4. Thank you. What about a blog post. A test or something of opend wine bottles. I and many others think about this alot. I use preserve gas. But often i notice some development of the wine day 2 or 3. When you pore up into smaller bottles my guess is that a lot of oxigene is addef to the wine. Really good blog by the way!

    1. Thanks! I have used gas in the past but I think that pouring it into a smaller bottle is a better way, and the oxygen during that short time is not, in my experience, a problem. And as you have noticed, I used to experience that the gas didn´t hold to well beyond 3-4 days.