Schloss Johannisberg Rheingau Riesling Spatlese Green Seal 2020

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Schloss Johannisberg Rheingau Riesling Spatlese Green Seal 2020

Country - Germany

Region - Rheingau

Grape Varieties - Riesling 100%

Alcohol by volume - 9%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Schloss Johannisberg

Tasting notes - A rich and fragrant Spätlese, with an exotic bouquet of orange peel, pineapple and passion fruit, lime complemented by ripe, red apple and delicious mineral undertones. Initial sweetness is perfectly balanced by a juicy freshness on the palate with a delicately creamy finish. 

Schloss Johannisberg Rheingau Riesling Spatlese Green Seal 2020

A beautifully styled fragrant German medium wine
showing floral and ginger notes combined with peach, mandarins and a hint of lime. Long and elegant.


Producer Note
The legendary Schloss Johannisberg is steeped in history. The vineyards were
planted on the orders of the Roman Emperor Charlemagne. Planted solely with
Riesling grapes in 1720, Schloss Johannisberg was the world's first Riesling Estate and
plays a significant part in wine history. It was here in 1775 that the Spätlese quality
was discovered using late picked grapes suffering from "noble rot". Following this
discovery, in 1787 the estate gave Auslese, Beerenauslese and
Trockenbeerenauslese to the wine world. Schloss Johannisberg is a single vineyard
designation in its own right and one of a handful of German vineyards that does not
have to display a village name on the label.


Vintage
2020 was the warmest year since records at the estate began and drought played
a crucial role. January was warm, followed by two cold months. From April onwards,
the weather was sunny, dry and warm; with each month 3°C warmer than the
average (since Rheingau weather recording began.) This stable, high pressure
weather, with lack of rainfall, continued until October. The harvest took place four
weeks earlier than usual, with above average yields of high quality fruit. An
extraordinary vintage.


Vineyard
The south-facing vineyard is steep, with a gradient of 45° and climbs from 114 to 181
metres above sea level. The Riesling vines are grown in quartz stone from the Taunus
hillsides interspersed with red clay and topped with loam and rich loss, which retains
water and the heat of the day. This unique vineyard sees the 50° parallel run directly
through the vineyard and the forest on the top of the Taunus hillsides protects the
vines from cold winds. The vines produce limited yields and the grapes are carefully
harvested by hand. Spätlese is translated as "late harvest": the grapes are harvested
at least seven days after the normal harvest, so they are riper, have higher sugar
content and produce wines of greater intensity.


Winemaking
The grapes were carefully selected and gently pressed in whole clusters. A slow, long
and cool fermentation took place in 100% stainless steel tanks, preserving the varietal
characteristics of the Riesling grapes and the terroir from which they hail. The wine
was aged for five months on its fine lees adding texture and complexity.


Tasting Note
A rich and fragrant Spätlese, with an exotic bouquet of orange peel, pineapple and
passion fruit, lime complemented by ripe, red apple and delicious mineral
undertones. Initial sweetness is perfectly balanced by a juicy freshness on the palate
with a delicately creamy finish.


Grape
Riesling 100%

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