About Schloss Johannisberg
The French like to tell you about their wine-making traditions but they’ve been making wine at Schloss Johannisberg for the best part of 1,200 years and the first written record dates back the 9th century. Once owned by Metternich, the famous statesman, it’s now one of the best-regarded producers in Germany.
Why we love this wine
This Silver Seal (‘Silberlack’) Riesling is Schloss Johannisberg’s top of the line dry white wine. It’s a ‘Großes Gewächs’ or the equivalent of a Grand Cru in Burgundy or, in plain English, just bloody good. As trainee wine snobs, we can see why Riesling is the grape of choice for aficionados.
Our tasting notes from the same wine from 2013 vintage were enthusiastic: Dry, medium lemon colour, pronounced aromas of lemon, peach, lychee, dried herbs and a honeyed finish, refreshing high acidity, with a full body and mouth coating oily sensation. Youthful, can drink now (personally I think it is a waste to drink now – defer your gratification if you can!), but definitely suitable for further ageing (at least 5-10 years).
Why you’ll love this wine
Riesling is the perfect white wine. When made well, like this wine, it’s got the refreshing acidity of a Sauvignon Blanc but with the delicate perfume and weight of a Condrieu plus the ageing ability of a good Burgundy. Buy three bottles. Drink one now for the joy of Riesling. Drink another in three years to celebrate your patience and restraint. Drink the third in ten years and see how good a Riesling can become. The people at the winery say this would go well with sea bass in a salty crust with spinach and new potatoes. We couldn’t agree more.
What the critics say
- 17/20 Jancis Robinson ‘Weight on the palate and extract suggest that there is a latent quality waiting to emerge.’ (Reviewing the 2014 vintage)
Find out more about Schloss Johannisberg and Riesling
We visited Rheingau in Germany in 2016 and wrote an introduction to Riesling based on our experiences there. German wine classification can be a bit confusing and the language can be challenging (try saying ‘Trockenbeerenauslese’ after you’ve drunk some) but if you get a premium quality dry Riesling you’re in for a treat. And they’ve been making wine at Schloss Johannisberg for 1,200 years.