Schloss Johannisberger Rosalack Riesling Auslese Pink Seal 2018

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Schloss Johannisberger Rosalack Riesling Auslese Pink Seal 2018

Country - Germany

Region - Rheingau

Grape Varieties - Riesling 100%

Alcohol by volume - 7%

Bottle - 37.5cl

Producer - Schloss Johannisberg

Tasting notes - Lovely, complex and honeyed nose with subtle botrytis overtones, elegant with a wonderfully long sustained finish. A classic.


Schloss Johannisberger Rosalack Riesling Auslese Pink Seal 2018

Aromas of ripe pineapple, rich and textured culminating
in a outstandingly long finish with beautifully balanced

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.

2018 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.

The grapes come from the single vineyard of Schloss Johannisberg. The south facing
vineyard is steep, with a 45° gradient and is situated at between 114 metres to 181
metres above sea level. The forest on the top of the Taunus Mountains protects the
vineyard from cold winds from the north. To the south, the River Rhine gently flows in
front of the estate, in the foothills of the vineyard. The 50° parallel runs directly through
the vineyard and the unique soils of Taunus quartz, topped with loam and rich loess
retains moisture and heat, encouraging the vines to ripen. This soil formation imparts
the classic mineral characteristic which is evident in this wine. The vineyard is
cultivated manually and the harvest takes place by hand.

The term 'Auslese' means 'select harvest' where the botryitsed grapes are handselected at betwen 83 to 130 Oechsle and produce a sweet wine. Following a
careful selection process to ensure only the highest quality fruit was vinified, the
grapes were pressed in whole clusters. A slow, long and cool fermentation took
place with wild yeasts under temperature controlled conditions, maintaining the
purity of fruit in the wine.

Tasting Note
A rich and textured Auslese with complex, honeyed aromas and notes of ripe
pineapple, this is classically elegant with beautifully balanced sweetness and an
outstandingly long finish.

Riesling 100%

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