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Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Grunlack Spätlese
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Grunlack Spätlese
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Grunlack Spätlese
Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Grunlack Spätlese

Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Grunlack Spätlese

An excellent vintage from this historic vineyard

Outstanding bouquet with white peach, fresh pineapple, green apple, nettle and sorrel. Well balanced on the palate with soft acidity, lovely sweetness and long citrus aftertaste.

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Wine at a glance

Colour glass of White
  • Bin no: 851212
  • Size: 75cl
  • Alc Vol: 8.50 %vol
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Closure: Cork
  • Grape: Riesling
  • Region: Rheingau , Germany
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  • Schloss Johannisberg

    900 years of history bottled

    An excellent vintage from the historic vineyard that invented the Prädikat classification system of sweet German winesXenia Irwin MW, Wine Buyer Waitrose Cellar

    A truly spectacular and historically significant story comes with this wine because, it's very first vintage was the first Spätlese ever created.

    In 1775 monks worked the vines in on the estate. Each year before they could harvest, they would send a bunch of grapes, via messenger, to the town of Fulda for the Prince Abbot to approve.

    This year however, the messenger was over 7 weeks late returning to Johannisberg with the permission to harvest letters, meaning the grapes were over ripe and infested with Noble Rot by the time they were harvested.

    Not to be deterred the monks tried to make the wine despite this setback and surprisingly, without intending to do so, they created the best wine the vineyard had ever seen. Thus creating the world’s first Spätlese.

  • Schloss Johannisberg vine

    About the vineyard

    What makes Schloss Johannisberg so unique is that it is a named single vineyard owned by a single producer. All grapes used in the production of their wines were grown and nurtured on the Schloss Johannisberg estate.

    The grape quality is a factor of terroir. This, with careful viticultural practices and vigilant selection ensures that only the best grapes go into the winery for perfectionist winemaking.

    The Queen of grapes

    Schloss Johannisberg became the world's first Riesling estate nearly 900 years ago, it is for this reason that it is often referred to as, “The motherland of the Riesling grape”.

    Their long history and centuries of refining, coupled with the style of winemaking, bring out the best of this truly magnificent grape and is part of what makes these wines so special.

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    Our buyers extended tasting notes

    Richly ripe with notes of key lime pie, very lemony and creamy with a mineral freshness. It has a vibrant ripe sweetness, perfectly balanced with firm acidity and a touch of kerosene with complexity. Amazingly concentrated – this is my desert island wine.Xenia Irwin MW, Wine Buyer at Waitrose Cellar

    Vintage profile from the vineyard

    The extremely cold February of 2012 and the cold snap which followed in April slowed nature down and led to a late development of the vines, but the vegetation returned to normal with warmer temperatures in May. The summer months were warm and sunny, especially in August. A dry September brought ideal conditions for ripening grapes. It was a year for a good yield of fully ripe, healthy grapes.