Marks and reviews
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 2021 comes from an extraordinary terroir that is renowned for producing some of the finest German wines. 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.
The weather conditions in the Rheingau throughout the year 2021 were normal in terms of temperature and rainfall. The buds were not damaged by the cold because they came out later, at the end of April. The autumn was cool and rainy, and the harvest was carried out at a steady pace so as not to leave the grapes to rot. This vintage is marked by a high quality and abundant harvest.
Vinification and ageing
Following manual harvesting with the utmost care, the grapes are taken to the cellar where they are delicately pressed. The wine is then fermented in stainless steel tanks.
This 2021 Riesling Rosalack Auslese wine showcases a pale golden yellow colour.
The aromatic bouquet blends exotic fruits such as mango and passion fruit, highlighted by subtle herbal notes.
Riesling Rosalack Auslese 2021 is a juicy, crystal-clear wine that showcases a delectable minerality and fruit character along with a gentle sweetness in the background that evolves towards a pleasant acidity.
Food and wine pairing
Riesling Rosalack Auslese 2021 will complement sweet desserts, spicy cheeses and liver pâté.
Service and storage
For an optimal tasting, serve at 7 degrees.