Weingut Johannishof Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spatlese 2008
Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
Due to the favorable micro-climate the wines reach great ripeness levels in combination with the fine fruity acidity, lot of complexity and harmony. The Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Spätlese has a distinctive Riesling aroma with rich fruit aromas reminiscent of apricot.
Residual sugar: 75.1 g/l
Wine Enthusiast - "A stunning expression of place, very mineral but with enough juicy stone fruit nuances to be immediately likeable. It’s tight and focused, showing excellent balance and a long, perfumed finish. Drink now (think sushi) or stash away for five or more years for a more laid-back style."
The Wine Advocate - "While only 7.5% in alcohol, at 70 grams in residual sugar the Eser 2008 Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spatlese actually represents a concerted attempt to dial back sweetness from where its been for this bottling in recent years. Ripe peach and yellow plum are tinged with a prickling pungency of citrus rinds and spices that suggests to me there was a bit more botrytis present than Johannes Eser lets on, or perhaps realized. Lush and sweet as well as delicate on the palate, this finishes with welcome refreshment, its sheer persistence compensating for a slight lack of complexity, which may well emerge over the 12-15 years during which one could quite safely hold it. "
Weingut Johannishof Winery
Wine-growing can be traced back in the family in old documents to the year 1685. The origin of the proberty, originally a mill, dates back to 1790. Wine-growing in the vicinity of the Elsterbach stream is mentioned in a document in 817. "Two hides of land with vineyards which yield six tuns of wine," Emperor Lewis the Pious, Charlemagne`s son, recorded in a document in 817, " located in the place Elisa", by the present-day Elsterbach stream which flows past the manor house. The estate is run by Johannes and Sabine Eser by the support of Hans-Hermann and his wife Elfriede Eser. View all Weingut Johannishof Wines
About RheingauView a map of Rheingau wineries(RINE-gow)The steep, south-facing slopes overlooking the Rhine river are some of the most enviable in Germany. The region's wines are based almost completely on Riesling and all picking is done by hand. A bit further south than the Mosel, Rheingau grapes get some stronger sun, which is evident by the richer wines produced.
Notable FactsRheingau wines will be found in brown, flute-shaped bottles, and, like all of Germany, adheres to the strict quality levels based on ripeness. Floral and mineral characteristics are commonly found in these wines, with rounder fruit flavors and fuller bodies than wines from its sister in quality, the Mosel. The Rheingau also grows a bit of Pinot Noir (called spätburgunder) for the production of red wines, but these are not found often outside of Europe.
White Wine GuruWith some of the steepest and northernmost vineyards in the world, as well as the coolest climate, Germany produces some of the best white wines in the world, mainly Riesling. Delicate, age-worthy, intense and elegant are the typical descriptions for these wines. Note that “sweet” is not a common descriptor because the idea that most German wines are sweet is just not so. In fact, the majority of wines made in Germany are dry and more recently, the country is exporting value wines that are easy to drink, extremely food friendly and, luckily for some, containing labels that are easier to read!
The classification system of Germany is somewhat confusing. Like the rest of the old world, there's some hierarchy to it all. The categories are: Tafelwien (table wine), Landwein (land wine, similar to France's Vin de Pays) and the first “Q” level, QbA. QbA wines are easy-drinking and inexpensive – the only requirement being that the wine must come from one of Germany's thirteen official wine growing regions. The final level is QmP, which is the strictest level of German wines. The qualification consists of 6 levels, based on ripeness level at harvest, though that does not always translate into sweetness level.
Here are a few definitions to help in picking out a German QmP wine:
Kabinett(cab-ee-NET)The driest level, Kabinett is usually light-bodied, low to medium in alcohol, and fairly dry. Great everyday wine and food-friendly.
Spatlese(shpate-LAY-zuh)Grapes are picked a bit later than Kabinett (Spatlese means late harvest) and have a fuller, more intense body. Most wines of this level are dry although some are off-dry.
Auslese(OWSE-lay-zuh)Wines of this level are made from select grapes harvested even later than Spatlese. The grapes are selected in bunches to make sure they are of the perfect ripeness level. One step up in both body and sweetness, Auslese wines are balanced but with a bit more sweetness – perfect with spicy Indian food.
Beerenauslese(bare-ehn-owse-lay-zuh)The longer the words get, the higher up in sweetness level you rise. Like Auslese, the grapes are selected individually, but while Auslese is selected bunches, Beerenauslese are selected berries, and usually berries affected by botrytis, or noble rot, so you have an even more specific wine, which, in turn, increases both its sweetness level and its price.
Trockenbeerenauslese(trok-ehn-bare-ehn-owse-lay-zuh)Okay, so Trocken means dry in German and yet this wine is the sweetest of the German levels. The "trocken" comes into play as the berries picked for this wine are dried, intensifying the sugars. So the wine is made from late-harvest dried berries affected with botrytis - a combination that makes a decadent (and expensive!) bottle of wine. A treat if you are able to ever try one.
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