Schloss Vollrads, with nearly 800 years of viticulture experience, is one of the...
oldest wine estates in the world. The vineyards are located in the heart of the Rheingau, where the quality of Riesling is unsurpassed by any other region in the world. In 1728, the world's first Kabinett was produced at Schloss Vollrads and, 300 years on, the estate is still going from strength to strength under the watchful eye of Rowald Hepp and his winemaker Ralph Herke. The estate now has 81 hectares of Riesling 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.
Although January was quite mild, in February it suddenly got very cold. March was a lovely month but April was rather unsettled. In June a lot of rain fell on the slopes of the Taunus, which meant that there was a high risk of rot at a very early stage and the vines needed a lot of attention and care throughout June and July. A hot and sunny August followed which enabled the grapes to dry completely, kept them healthy and promoted ripening. The weather conditions leading up to the harvest were ideal. The main harvest of Riesling began at the end of September and did not end in some vineyards until November. Generally speaking the yield was good and the grapes were of a high quality. 2012 was an almost perfect vintage.
Fermentation with selected yeasts took place over three weeks in stainless steel tanks at 18°C.
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.
|Grape varieties||100% Riesling|
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