Schloss Johannisberg : Riesling Rosalack Auslese 1976
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An Auslese Riesling for ageing from an exceptional vintage
Boasting a rich wine heritage that spans over a thousand years, Schloss Johannisberg is a must-know reference among fine German wines. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in the 12th century, the estate then entered a period of uncertainty due to Germany’s turbulent political and economic history over several centuries. Paradoxically, these challenges enabled Schloss Johannisberg to rise like a wine phoenix and come out in an even more glowing and prosperous manner: all the land was planted with Riesling, making the estate the first and one of the finest walled vineyards to comprise this variety in the world.
Riesling Rosalack Auslese 1976 stems from an extraordinary terroir renowned for producing some of the finest wines in Germany. The vineyards enjoy an ideal position and are poised on a 45 degree south-facing slope with an altitude of 114 to 181 metres. The forest protects the vineyard from cold winds and the Rhine river, which runs like a lake in the foothills of the estate, influences the soil. Schloss Johannisberg is situated on the 50th parallel north, and offers a noticeable difference in temperature between day and night, allowing the development of aromas in the grapes as well as a pleasant acidity. The soil is rich in quartz and silt and lends a very nice minerality to the Riesling wines.
1976 was a difficult and challenging year in the Rheingau. In January, thunderstorms and mild temperatures caused disturbance in the growsth cycle. The first shoots appeared and froze due to the snowy winter. Spring and summer were very dry, therefore watering the vines was a necessity. The harvest was carried out early at the end of September, a first for the estate. Fortunately, the harvest boasted a very high quality. This exceptional vintage produced great wines for ageing.
Vinification and ageing
Following manual harvesting with the utmost care, the grapes are taken to the cellar to be delicately pressed. The wine is then fermented in stainless steel vats.
Schloss Johannisberg’s Riesling Rosalack Auslese 1976: Characteristics and tasting tips
Riesling Rosalack Auslese 1976 showcases a pale golden yellow colour.
The aromatic bouquet is made up of citrus fruit, apricot with a hint of almond.
Riesling Rosalack Auslese 1976 is a soft, fine and delicate wine which reveals the harmony between acidity and sweetness.
Food and wine pairing
Riesling Rosalack Auslese 1976 will elevate sweet desserts, spicy cheeses and liver pâté.
Service and storage
For an optimal tasting, serve at 7 degrees.