Winery: Schloss Vollrads
Regional styles: German Riesling
Food pairing: Pork, Shellfish, Spicy food, Poultry, Cured Meat
VINEYARDS: All Schloss Vollrads’ vineyards are planted with Riesling and are situated between the Rhine and the forest clad hills that protect the vines from the cool north winds. Rowald has been improving quality at Schloss Vollrads since he joined in 1997 and his philosophy runs through every aspect of production. Strict pruning ensures that yields are 40% lower than the legal requirement, while further reductions are made by crop thinning.
VINTAGE: The 2015 vintage started late and flowering began in mid-June. From then on, the summer was hot and dry, which helped to promote almost perfect conditions for ripening. September brought some heavy rain and continued warm weather, which caused some fear of rot, but thankfully the rains stopped at the start of October and cooler weather set in, providing good conditions for harvest.
VINIFICATION: Fermentation took place with selected yeasts over three weeks in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 18°C.
TASTING NOTES: Bright, vibrant pale yellow in colour. Round and fruity on the nose with notes of apple, pear and pineapple. The palate is round and mellow with a clear fruity taste and a strong mineral character. Characterised by its elegance, the acidity is well balanced by the residual sugar before the long, off dry finish.