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 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. From the 2012 vintage, the Erstes Gewächs has been re-named Grosses Gewächs, and the Riesling comes from old vines in the prime location of the Schlossberg vineyard. The soil is a mixture of weathered slate, loam, clay and loess.
Vinification: Grapes were hand harvested, gently pressed and fermented with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks over three weeks at the temperature of 18°C.
Tasting Notes: Bright yellow with hints of green. A brilliantly clear nose, loaded with minerality and layers of fruit. Full bodied, this Riesling offers elegance, finesse and freshness. Prominent flavours such as Mirabelle plum and grapefruit are backed by fresh lemon zest flavours.