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Our Wine

At Schlossgut Diel, wine production is an intragal and sustainable process that includes the care of the vineyards, harvesting of the grapes and the development and marketing of the bottled wines. The production focuses on the dry and naturally sweet Reislings, supported by the Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. 

Diel de Diel & Co

Diel de Diel White Cuvée dry
Rosé de Diel trocken
Noir de Diel Rotes Cuvée trocken

These are the popular versions of the white Pinot wines from Schlossgut Diel.  Since its premier in the Lufthansa Business Class in 1997, the white Diel de Diel has become the best-seller of the estate, and is now accompanied by a fine Rosé and a full bodied red wine.

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Diel de Diel White Cuvée Dry

This exceptional dry white wine was first created in 1994 for the Business Class of Lufthansa and has now become the distinctive "business card" of Schlossgut Diel. It perfectly combines the difference in characters of the grape varieties involved in this special cuvée: while the Pinot Gris shows  abundance and spice and the Pinot Blanc plays the elegant part, the Riesling provides the invigorating freshness. A wonderful refreshing wine, which gives a lot of pleasure while drinking.

 

Harvest

A selective handpicking of Grapes from our own vineyards

Vinification

Carefully pressing of the whole grapes. Fermentation and storage are in stainless steel tanks and wood barrels made of oak from the local forest.

Food Pairing

The perfect Apéritif! Pairs also well with many appitizers, seafood and poultry.

Ideal Time to Drink

Delicious when young, but plenty ready to mature for two to six years after harvest.

Tasting Notes 2016

Light yellow, a fine and fruity bouquet with apple and apricots notes. juicy mineral body, an animated reverberation.

2016 Vintage

After a moderate, but rather dry winter, spring came with warm temperatures and lots of moisture. Because of this, there was an early sprouting on the vines.  This unusual climate continued into the summer months.  From the beginning of August until the beginning of harvest there were weeks with great sunshine and little rain which was perfect for the late summer months. Wine makers were very happy for this “Indian Summer.” Those ideal weather conditions allowed for the harvest of perfectly ripened grapes, bringing incredible freshness.

Rose de Diel Cuvée Dry

Rosé is a pale-red wine produced from red grapes using the cellaring techniques normally associated with whites. While for many years rosé served as little more than a socially acceptable compromise for those consumers wavering between a red and a white wine, today's modern rosé is a beloved darling of the German wine market. Rosé's 10+% market share might well reflect lovely holiday memories of a chilled glass on a sunny veranda in its homeland of Provence. Rosé goes by many names. In some parts of Germany the style is known as Weißherbst, while rosés from Pinot Noir grapes are called Oeil de Perdrix in some regions of Switzerland.

 

Harvest

Manual harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification

The majority of the Pinot grapes are whole cluster pressed, while the remaining portion is gently pressed and left for 6 hours on the skins in order to achieve the characteristic rosé color. Fermentation and maturation take place in stainless steel tanks and large and small oak barrels. 

Pairing Suggestions

The perfect aperitif – serve with a view! Also pairs well with a wide range of appetizers, seafood, fish and poutry.

Optimal Drinking Window

Delicious when young, but plenty ready to mature for two to six years after harvest. 

Tasting Notes 2017

Deep shades of salmon pink with delicate violet hues, sublime elements of Pinot Noir, reminiscent of raspberries; elegant body and a bright exchange of sweetness and acidity; finespun refreshment and a spicy finish.

2017 Vintage

A mild and rather dry winter was followed by a very warm March with tendencies of early summer temperatures, providing an early bud break of the vines in the first week of April. During the night of April 19-20, the temperatures at the lower Nahe dropped to -5 degrees C, destroying the majority of the early shoots. Regardless of this harsh setback, the vegetation recovered and progressed rapidly. Due to the dry, and warm summer weather berry growth accelerated. The end of July had long awaited rain and light hailstorms creating humidity during the month of August. Autumn weather provided fully ripe and healthy grapes. 2017 brought an abundance of first-class wines, but a lower yield than previous years.

Noir de Diel Red Cuvée Dry

This exceptional red blend marries the best characteristics of each variety into a new, more wonderful whole. Pinot Noir gives silkiness and elegance while Dornfelder contributes a smooth fruitiness. Its charms are concentrated and attractively layered, with nuances of Herbes de Provence. 

Unlike in Germany, the blending of individual varieties for a cuvée plays a significant role in France. The most classic example is of course Bordeaux, where 3 to 4 varieties may be combined, or Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where up to 13 grape varieties are permitted in the final blend. Or take Champagne, which is traditionally a blend of 3 grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier for red grapes and Chardonnay from the whites.

Harvest:

Manual harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification:

Manual destemming. Natural yeast fermentation in stainless steel tanks. 18 months of aging in French barrique, with a small portion rotated out each year for reconditioning. Wine undergoes malolactic fermentation.

Pairing suggestions:

A delectable paring with aromatic meat dishes such as lamb or ox tail, as well as hearty cheese. Perfect for a summer grill party!

Optimal drinking window:

Four to ten years after harvest.

 

Tasting notes vintage 2014:

Dark red, refined and spicy aromas reminiscent of black cherry, blackberry and violets laced with vanilla accents. Juicy body, long finish.

Cellaring conditions:

Ideally stored in a cool, slightly damp and low-vibration cellar with consistent temperatures. If such a space is unavailable, these conditions today are best achieved through a modern wine refrigerator which can be optimized with temperature zones for both white and red wines. The recommended serving temperature for sparkling and white wines is around 8° C (46° F), for red wine around 15° C (59° F). The traditional adage to serve red wine at room temperature originates from a time before central heating!

Dry Pinots

Pinot Blanc Reserve trocken
Pinot Gris Reserve trocken
Nahesteiner Grauburgunder trocken
Prestige-Cuvée Victor trocken
Pinot Noir Caroline

The high-quality white and red Pinot wines are always cultivated in large and small oak barrels at Schlossgut Diel, however, the Nahesteiner Pinot Gris is vinified in stainless steel tanks. All these wines are excellent for food pairing.

 

 

 

 

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Pinot Blanc Reserve Dry

Within Germany, the Pinot Blanc grape is most prevalent in southerly winegrowing regions. Wines from those vineyards in places like Baden and Pfalz are prized for their richness and concentration. Pinot Blanc first grew popular in the Nahe Valley in the 1990s, as winemakers came to appreciate its versatile nature and excellent food pairing potential. It offers a distinctive alternative to its typically more powerful sibling, Pinot Gris, and an elegant counterpart to the more delicate Riesling.

A portion of our Pinot Blanc crop is harvested early for our Guts Cuvee Diel de Diel. Other grapes are allowed to ripen more fully into golden yellow beauties and are destined for our Pinot Blanc Reserve. The wine is matured in traditional oak barrels.

Harvest:

Meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification:

Gentle pressing followed by spontaneous fermentation and aging in large traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak and small French oak pièces. A small percent of the barrels are reconditioned each year.

Pairing Suggestions:

This unusual Pinot Blanc is a favorite pairing with nearly all fish, from freshwater to ocean. The richness and minerality of this Pinot Blanc complement light poultry and veal beautifully as well.

Optimal Drinking Window:

Four to ten years after harvest.

Tasting Notes Vintage 2015:

Aromas of pear and elderberry, as well as accents of apricot, refined body, elegant structure, juicy concentration, and a delicate salty finish.

Vintage 2015:

2015 has justifiably earned a reputation as a stellar vintage. The Riesling harvest started on 29 September, with picture-perfect grapes hanging from the vines. The results were outstanding in all categories.

Looking back over recent decades, the 2015s are perhaps best compared with the 1990 vintage. There too the Riesling grapes were in impeccable condition, with high ripeness levels predestined for a crisp and spirited acidity.

Pinot Gris Reserve Dry

The Pinot Gris grape, formerly known as Ruländer, originated in Baden, especially the Kaiserstuhl region. Near the Nahe region the Pinot Gris became popular in the 1990s. It made such an impressive name for itself, that it has become an excellent pair with food.

A portion of our Pinot Gris crop is harvested early for our Guts Cuvee Nahesteiner Grauburgunder. Other grapes are allowed to ripen more fully into violet-shaded beauties and are destined for our Pinot Gris Reserve. The wine is matured in traditional oak barrels.

Harvest:

Meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification:

Gentle pressing followed by spontaneous fermentation and aging in large traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak and small French oak pièces. A small percent of the barrels are reconditioned each year.

Pairing Suggestions:

This unusual Pinot Gris is a favorite pairing with nearly all fish, from freshwater to ocean. The richness and minerality of this Pinot Gris complement light poultry and veal beautifully as well. Also a delicious match with an assortment of strong cheese.

Optimal drinking window:

Four to ten years after harvest.

Tasting Notes Vintage 2015:

Aromas of fresh acacia blossom and quince, with a distinct stoniness and accents of roasted hazelnut and wild herbs; juicy body, creamy structure with a poised and balanced acidity; spicy finish.

Vintage 2015:

2015 has justifiably earned a reputation as a stellar vintage. The Riesling harvest started on 29 September, with picture-perfect grapes hanging from the vines. The results were outstanding in all categories.

Looking back over recent decades, the 2015s are perhaps best compared with the 1990 vintage. There too the Riesling grapes were in impeccable condition, with high ripeness levels predestined for a crisp and spirited acidity.

Nahesteiner Pinot Gris

The Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) grape traces its origins back to the Kaiserstuhl region of Baden, where it is still known as Ruländer. Its tremendous success in the Nahe region surged in the 1990s due to remarkably food-friendly nature.

A quintessential dry Pinot Gris with aromas of subtly spiced apricot and frequent notes of wild herbs and freshly ground peppercorns. The juicy fruitiness marries beautifully with the variety’s characteristic round acidity to produce a wine of incredible balance and finesse.

 Description

Harvest

Manual harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification

Gentle pressing, followed by spontaneous fermentation and extended lees aging in traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak and stainless steel tanks. A portion of this harvest is also matured in used oak barrels from France.

Food Pairing

A delicious and versatile food companion that complements hearty appetizers, light poultry, veal as well as a wide variety of fish dishes. Somm secret: this Pinot Gris is also a splendid companion to strong cheeses.

Optimal Drinking Window

Two to eight years after bottling.

2017 Tasting Notes

Light yellow; refined spice aromas with nuances of wild herbs; Pear plum; elegant with a refined structure and mineral notes in the finish. 

2017 Vintage

A mild and rather dry winter was followed by a very warm March with tendencies of early summer temperatures, providing an early bud break of the vines in the first week of April. During the night of April 19-20, the temperatures at the lower Nahe dropped to -5 degrees C, destroying the majority of the early shoots. Regardless of this harsh setback, the vegetation recovered and progressed rapidly. Due to the dry, and warm summer weather berry growth accelerated. The end of July had long awaited rain and light hailstorms creating humidity during the month of August. Autumn weather provided fully ripe and healthy grapes. 2017 brought an abundance of first-class wines, but a lower yield than previous years.

Prestige-Cuvée Victor Dry

This exceptional white cuvée was first produced in 1987, in the year that Armin Diel took over the estate from his father. It was named for his son Victor and blends the best features of its different varieties: Pinot Gris brings a spiciness while Pinot Blanc offers an elegant counter. Cuvée Victor has a regular spot on the wine lists of many of the country’s best restaurants.

Unlike in Germany, the art of the blend plays a significant role in many of France's winegrowing regions. This famously applies to both Bordeaux and Champagne, where wines are normally crafted from 3 different varieties.

Harvest:

Manual harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification:

Gentle pressing followed by spontaneous fermentation and aging in large traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak and small French oak pièces. A small percentage of the barrels are reconditioned each year. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation.

Pairing Suggestions:

This rich, mineral-driven wine is a magnificent pairing with seafood and fish dishes, as well as mild poultry and veal.

Optimal Drinking Window:

Six to twelve years after harvest.

Tasting Notes Vintage 2015:

Aromas of apricot and peach, with accents of pineapple and lychee, delicately spicy minerals, Herbes de Provence, elegant structure, tremendous finish.

Vintage 2015:

2015 has justifiably earned a reputation as a stellar vintage. The Riesling harvest started on 29 September, with picture-perfect grapes hanging from the vines. The results were outstanding in all categories.

Looking back over recent decades, the 2015s are perhaps best compared with the 1990 vintage. There too the Riesling grapes were in impeccable condition, with high ripeness levels predestined for a crisp and spirited acidity.

Pinot Noir Caroline

The fruit for this premium red cuvée was selected exclusively from our finest Pinot Noir plots. The wine is named for our current winemaker Caroline and was first produced in 2001.

In both vineyard and cellar, we treat this wine with meticulous care, including a selective, multi-pass manual harvest in October to bring in perfectly ripened grapes.  On the same day that the grapes arrive at the pressing house, they are destemmed by hand and fed into open wooden fermenting vats. Eight days of maceration follow, after which the wine begins its wild ferment. During this fermentation, the cap is foot-stomped in gentle, controlled punch-downs. After a 4-week settling period, the young wine is gravity-fed into small oak barrels for malolactic fermentation until the following summer.

Harvest:

Selective, multi-pass manual harvest of grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification:

Manual destemming. Wild fermentation in open wooden vats.  20-month aging in small wooden barrels, with a small portion of reconditioned barrels rotated in each year.

Pairing Suggestions:

A popular pairing with sophisticated dishes from veal to beef, as well as with assorted hard cheeses such as Gruyère, Parmesan, Comté and Pecorino.

Optimal Drinking Window:

Six to fourteen years after harvest.

Tasting Notes 2016:

Consistent red, sehr feiner Duft, intense and concentrated aromas; reminiscent of blackberries and black currant, smoky touch, accents of sandalwood; elegant structure, balanced tannins; delicately spicy finish.

Vintage 2016:

After a moderate, but rather dry winter, spring came with warm temperatures and lots of moisture. Because of this, there was an early sprouting on the vines.  This unusual climate continued into the summer months.  From the beginning of August until the beginning of harvest there were weeks with great sunshine and little rain which was perfect for the late summer months. Wine makers were very happy for this “Indian Summer.” Those ideal weather conditions allowed for the harvest of perfectly ripened grapes, bringing incredible freshness.

Dry Rieslings

Nahesteiner Riesling Trocken
BURG LAYEN Riesling trocken
DORSHEIM Riesling trocken
EIERFELS Riesling trocken
Schlossberg Riesling EL

For decades, Schlossgut Diel has been one of the pioneers of dry Rieslings, which are cultivated in large oak barrels and in stainless steel tanks. It is a Gutswein, Ortswein or Premier Cru with a surprisingly price to enjoyment ratio.

 

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Nahesteiner Riesling dry

Riesling has a long tradition of cultivation in the Nahe Valley, with historical documents establishing its presence at Burg Layen at least 500 years ago. It is a late-ripening variety, with a reputation for thriving in high-quality terroir. Historically, it produced its best work on the finest south-facing sites.  Global warming has changed this over the recent decades. Today, fully ripe grapes thrive on even our steepest terrain.

This trend opens the door for iconic dry Rieslings! By blending together grapes from the distinctive terroirs of Rümmelsheim, Dorsheim and Burg Layen, we achieve a near-perfect symbiosis in our wine:  Elegant structure without losing an ounce of its rich style. 

Harvest:

Manual harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification:

Gentle pressing followed by spontaneous fermentation and several months in traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak and stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions:

A versatile and multi-talented beauty: a brilliant aperitif on its own or a sumptuous pairing with a range of appetizers and fish dishes, as well as light poultry or veal.

Optimal drinking window:

Two to eight years after harvest.

Tasting notes 2016:

Refined spicy aromas with characteristic notes of peaches or Apple; Elegant structure with a bright exchange of sweetness and acidity; well balanced, stunning finish.

Vintage 2016:

The dry, mild winter was followed by a wet and warm spring, setting the stage for an early bud break. This pattern held well into the summer months. Late summer saw the return of warm and dry conditions, with weeks of sunshine stretching from early August through the beginning of harvest. This ideal “Indian Summer” was a true winemaker’s delight, allowing the grapes to ripen optimally, with incredible freshness, before a picture-perfect harvest.
Despite its small yields, 2016 will be remembered as a very high-quality vintage.

Burg Layen Riesling Dry

Riesling has a long history in the Nahe Valley, and has been grown in Burg Layen for at least 500 years. This late-ripening variety traditionally rewards cultivation on the finest quality sites. The grapes in the Burg Layen Riesling all come from sites notable for their weathered slate soils and classification as VDP Erste Lagen, equivalent to a premier cru. The fruit was masterfully married to produce a quintessential dry VDP Ortswein.

Harvest

Manual harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Viniculture

After a short cold soak, the grapes are gently pressed. Fermentation and lees aging – up to five months – is then conducted in stainless steel tanks and wood casks made from locally sourced oak.

Pairing Suggestions

This wine has many talents: it is a welcoming Apéritif, yet as a classic Riesling also pairs perfectly with appetiyers and fish dishes, as well as, poultry and veal.

Optimal Drinking Window

Two to eight years after harvest.

2016 Tasting Notes

A dry beauty, delivering refined spice aromas reminiscent of white flowers and minerals with nuances of lemon balm and mint. Elegant structure in a sophisticated style with a stony, almost saline finish.

2016 Vintage

After a moderate, but rather dry winter, spring came with warm temperatures and lots of moisture. Because of this, there was an early sprouting on the vines.  This unusual climate continued into the summer months.  From the beginning of August until the beginning of harvest there were weeks with great sunshine and little rain which was perfect for the late summer months. Wine makers were very happy for this “Indian Summer.” Those ideal weather conditions allowed for the harvest of perfectly ripened grapes, bringing incredible freshness.

Despite its small yields, 2016 will be remembered as a verz high-quality vintage.

Dorsheim Riesling Dry

Riesling has a long history in the Nahe Valley, and has been grown in Burg Layen for at least 500 years. This late-ripening variety traditionally rewards cultivation on the finest quality sites. The fruit for this wine comes in part from young vines grown on several of Schlossgut Diel's steep world-class vineyards. The remaining grapes were harvested from adjacent Dorsheim sites and masterfully married into a top-quality, classically styled dry wine.

Harvest

Manual harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification

Gentle pressing, followed by fermentation and extended lees aging in stainless steel tanks and traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak.

Pairing Suggestions

A wine of many talents: it is a welcoming aperitif, yet also pairs perfectly in Riesling style with appetizers, fish dishes and poultry.

Optimal Drinking Window

Two to eight years after harvest.

2016 Tasting Notes

Spicy apricots are joined in this dry favorite by delicate smoke and a fine minerality; balanced fruit provides contours to the elegant style, with flint nuances and a memorable, lingering finish.

2016 Vintage

The dry, mild winter was followed by a wet and warm spring, setting the stage for an early bud break. This pattern held well into the summer months. Late summer saw the return of warm and dry conditions, with weeks of sunshine stretching from early August through the beginning of harvest. This ideal “Indian Summer” was a true winemaker’s delight, allowing the grapes to ripen optimally, with incredible freshness, before a picture-perfect harvest.

Despite its small yields, 2016 will be remembered as a very high-quality vintage.

Eierfels Riesling Dry

Riesling has a long history in the Nahe Valley, and has been grown in Burg Layen for at least 500 years. This late-ripening variety traditionally rewards cultivation on the finest quality sites. The premium sites of the Trollbach Valley are ideal. Originally harvested as Große Gewächse (GG) and produced in wood barrels, these selections are a beguiling blending of fruit from Goldloch and Burgberg. The wine is named for the Eiferfels, a natural landmark that resembles an egg laid on its side and which serves as the boundary between the two world-class sites. It should be noted that "Eierfels" here is not a traditional site name. It is instead a house brand of Schlossgut Diel, one that stands for unparalleled quality.

Harvest

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification

Gentle pressing, followed by fermentation and extended lees aging in wood barrels sourced from local oak.

Pairing Suggestions

This elegant Riesling pairs majestically with appetizers and fish dishes as well as poultry and veal.

Optimal Drinking Window

Three to twelve years after harvest.

2016 Tasting Notes

Ripe peach and apricot aromas marry delicate spice and lingering smoke nuances; elegant body with a stunning finish. Produced in the Großes Gewächs style!

2016 Vintage

The dry, mild winter was followed by a wet and warm spring, setting the stage for an early bud break. This pattern held well into the summer months. Late summer saw the return of warm and dry conditions, with weeks of sunshine stretching from early August through the beginning of harvest. This ideal “Indian Summer” was a true winemaker’s delight, allowing the grapes to ripen optimally, with incredible freshness, before a picture-perfect harvest.

Despite its small yields, 2016 will be remembered as a very high-quality vintage.

Schlossberg Riesling VDP-Premier Cru dry

With just over one hectare (2.5 acres) in its holdings, Schlossgut Diel is one of the largest proprietors of this splendid, steep, south-facing vineyard in the village of Burg Layen. The weathered slate dates from the Devonian Period, with a thin layer of loam and gravel covering the bedrock. Wines from this site consistently reflect the fine marriage of sun and soil in their charming yellow fruit, reminiscent of apricot and peach, delicate spice and lingering flinty finish.

The Schlossberg has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed by its high-level classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Premier Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Burg Layer Schlossberg as an "Erste Lage." The 'Erstes Gewächs" label is reserved for dry premium wines from Erste Lage sites.

Harvest

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification

Gentle pressing, followed by spontaneous fermentation and extended lees aging, initially in traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak followed by stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions

Pairs splendidly with shellfish, fresh water fish and seafood. Compliments poultry and veal beautifully, yet always a pleasure solo as well.

Optimal Drinking Window

Three to twelve years after harvest.

2016 Tasting Notes

Expressive, straw yellow color; refined spicy aromas with characteristic notes of slate reminiscent of apricots and Boskopp apples, as well as pears; brilliant fruit, elegant body and a tightrope walk between subtle fruitiness and balanced acidity, with an exquisite finish.

2016 Vintage

The dry, mild winter was followed by a wet and warm spring, setting the stage for an early bud break. This pattern held well into the summer months. Late summer saw the return of warm and dry conditions, with weeks of sunshine stretching from early August through the beginning of harvest. This ideal “Indian Summer” was a true winemaker’s delight, allowing the grapes to ripen optimally, with incredible freshness, before a picture-perfect harvest.

Despite its small yields, 2016 will be remembered as a very high-quality vintage.

Großes Gewächs

There is strict quality criteria for the best vineyards in the Nahe region. The yield is limited to a maximum of fifty hectoliters per hectar. The ripeness of the grapes is at least that of an Auslese level. The Großen Gewächs is only introduced on the market after the first year it is harvested.

 

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Pittermännchen Riesling VDP.Großes Gewächs

At just one hectare (2.5 acres), this is the smallest member in the exclusive club of world-class sites held by Schlossgut Diel. The unusual name of this steep, south-facing site derives from the small silver 'Petermännchen' coin that circulated in the 16th century. Significant slate content in the soil lends the wine its fine purity and refreshing minerality. The wine reveals delicate herbal notes with an elegant body and exceptionally long finish.

The Pittermännchen has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed with a highest-possible classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Grand Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Burg Layer Schlossberg as a "Große Lage." The 'VDP.Großes Gewächs" label is reserved for dry premium wines from Große Lage sites.

Harvest

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification

Gentle pressing, followed by spontaneous fermentation and extended lees aging in traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak.

Pairing Suggestions

This stately Riesling pairs splendidly with freshwater fish and seafood, light poultry and veal. Always beautiful on its own as well.

Optimal Drinking Window

Four to twelve years after harvest.

2017 Tasting Notes

Delicate shades of yellow; ripe apricot and black currant aromas with an elegant slate minerality; brilliant fruit with flint nuances and a memorable, lingering finish.

2017 Vintage

A mild and rather dry winter was followed by a very warm March with tendencies of early summer temperatures, providing an early bud break of the vines in the first week of April. During the night of April 19-20, the temperatures at the lower Nahe dropped to -5 degrees C, destroying the majority of the early shoots. Regardless of this harsh setback, the vegetation recovered and progressed rapidly. Due to the dry, and warm summer weather berry growth accelerated. The end of July had long awaited rain and light hailstorms creating humidity during the month of August. Autumn weather provided fully ripe and healthy grapes. 2017 brought an abundance of first-class wines, but a lower yield than previous years.

Goldloch Riesling VDP.Großes Gewächs

With over five hectares (12.5 acres) in its holdings, Schlossgut Diel is by far the largest proprietor of this splendid, steep, south-facing vineyard where gold is rumored to have been mined in the 17th century. The stony soils date from the Permian Period and consist of bedrock covered with a thin layer of loam and gravel. These wines reveal delicate yellow fruit aromas, reminiscent of apricots and peaches with hints of flint wrapped in a deliciously juicy body. The overall effect and elegant finish are both classically Goldloch.

The Goldloch has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed with a highest-possible classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Grand Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Goldloch as a "Große Lage." The 'VDP.Großes Gewächs" label is reserved for dry premium wines from Große Lage sites.

Harvest

A selective handpicking of grapes from our own vineyards.

Vinification

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Pairing Suggestions

This elegant Riesling pairs well with a diverse range of fare from freshwater fish and seafood to poultry and veal. Also a pleasure to enjoy on its own.

Optimal Drinking Window

Four to twelve years after harvest.

2017 Tasting Notes

Delicate shades of golden yellow; a certain flintiness with a touch of apricot and peach in the bouquet reminds; typical Goldloch fruit flavors with refined spice and stunning momentum; generous finish.

This Großes Gewächs was bottled on 12 Juli 2018 at the Burg Layen Schlossgut, totaling 3,905 standard bottles, 90 Magnums and 12 Double Magnums.

2017 Vintage

A mild and rather dry winter was followed by a very warm March with tendencies of early summer temperatures, providing an early bud break of the vines in the first week of April. During the night of April 19-20, the temperatures at the lower Nahe dropped to -5 degrees C, destroying the majority of the early shoots. Regardless of this harsh setback, the vegetation recovered and progressed rapidly. Due to the dry, and warm summer weather berry growth accelerated. The end of July had long awaited rain and light hailstorms creating humidity during the month of August. Autumn weather provided fully ripe and healthy grapes. 2017 brought an abundance of first-class wines, but a lower yield than previous years.

Burgberg Riesling VDP.Großes Gewächs

Schlossgut Diel began acquiring parcels on the Dorsheimer Burgberg in the mid-1990s. The 2 hectares it currently holds represent over half of this steep vineyard and its one-of-a-kind microclimate. It is shaped like a basin and ringed by cliffs, a bit like an amphitheater. The iron-rich clay and quartzite soils lend Burgberg wines their unmistakably mineral character, with elegant aromas reminiscent of the rare wild herbs that thrive on the rocky face of the neighboring Eierfels Mountain.

Burgberg has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed by its highest-possible classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Grand Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Burgberg as a “Große Lage." The 'VDP Großes Gewächs" label is reserved for dry premium wines from Große Lage sites.

Harvest:

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification:

Gentle pressing followed by spontaneous fermentation with natural yeast. Matured for several months in traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak.

Pairing suggestions:

This stately Riesling pairs splendidly with freshwater fish and seafood, light poultry and veal. Always a pleasure to enjoy on its own as well.

Optimal drinking window:

Four to twelve years after harvest.

Tasting note 2016:

Nuances of Mirabelle plum and apricot, a touch of incense; concentrated fruit, delicate minerality an elegant body and spicy finish.

 This Großes Gewächs was bottled on 29 Mai 2018

Vintage 2016:

After a moderate, but rather dry winter, spring came with warm temperatures and lots of moisture.  Because of this, there was an early sprouting on the vines.  This unusual climate continued into the summer months.  From the beginning of August until the beginning of harvest there were weeks with great sunshine and little rain which was perfect for the late summer months. Wine makers were very happy for this “Indian Summer.” Those ideal weather conditions allowed for the harvest of perfectly ripened grapes, bringing incredible freshness.

Fruity Riesling

Schlossgut Diel Riesling Kabinett
Goldloch Riesling Kabinett
Pittermänchen Riesling Kabinett
Goldloch Riesling Spätlese
Spätlese Riesling Pittermännchen
Goldloch Riesling Auslese
Pittermännchen Riesling Auslese

Fruity Rieslings are not only characterized by their proverbial ease, but also have a subtle sweetness and invigorating acidity. These special wines are best served as an aperitif and after a few years of bottle ripening. They are fantastic

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Schlossgut Diel Riesling Kabinett

This classic Kabinett from Schlossgut Diel is the entry level of Predicate Wine followed by Spätlese, Auslese, Beeren- and Trockenbeerenauslese. The trend of consuming German rieslings is traditionally to drink dry wines, however we can speak about a re-birth of sipping off-dry rieslings.  In fact, the fruitiness and freshness working together are a great combination.

 Not only is this wine enjoyable on warm summer days but also enjoyable all year long.

Harvest

Manual harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification

Gentle pressing followed by spontaneous fermentation and several months in stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions

Pairs perfectly with Asian food, Seafood, or for example with a sweet apple tart.  Also ready to drink as a refreshing Apéritif.

Optimal drinking window

Two to eight years after harvest.

Tasting Notes 2014

Fragrant bouquet, apricot and Granny Smith Apple; the perfect balance of light, sweet fruitiness and tingly minerality.

Cellaring Conditions

Ideally stored in a cool, slightly damp and low-vibration cellar with consistent temperatures. If such a space is unavailable, these conditions today are best achieved through a modern wine refrigerator which can be optimized with temperature zones for both white and red wines. The recommended serving temperature for sparkling and white wines is around 8° C (46° F), for red wine around 15° C (59° F). The traditional adage to serve red wine at room temperature originates from a time before central heating!

Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett

With just over one hectare (2.5 acres) in its holdings, Schlossgut Diel is one of the largest proprietors of this splendid, steep, south-facing vineyard in the village of Burg Layen. The weathered slate dates from the Devonian Period, with a thin layer of loam and gravel covering the bedrock. Wines from this site consistently reflect the fine marriage of sun and soil in their charming yellow fruit, reminiscent of apricot and peach, delicate spice and lingering flinty, fruit-accented finish.

The Schlossberg has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed by its high-level classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Premier Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Burg Layer Schlossberg as an "Erste Lage." The “Kabinett” classification here stands for premium off-dry wines from Erste Lage sites.

Harvest

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification

Gentle pressing, followed by spontaneous fermentation and extended maturation in stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent complement to a wide range of Asian fare, shellfish with a classic cocktail sauce and a semi-sweet “Tarte tatin.” If opened now, splendid as a refreshing aperitif as well.

Optimal Drinking Window

Three to ten years after harvest.

2016 Tasting Notes

Elegant spicy aromas brimming with apricots and Cox apple, as well as a touch of peach and pink grapefruit; the subtle fruitiness works in perfect harmony with a refined, racy acidity; brilliant finish.   The wine contains a mere 8.5% alcohol.

2016 Vintage

The dry, mild winter was followed by a wet and warm spring, setting the stage for an early bud break. This pattern held well into the summer months. Late summer saw the return of warm and dry conditions, with weeks of sunshine stretching from early August through the beginning of harvest. This ideal “Indian Summer” was a true winemaker’s delight, allowing the grapes to ripen optimally, with incredible freshness, before a picture-perfect harvest.

Despite its small yields, 2016 will be remembered as a very high-quality vintage.

Goldloch Riesling Kabinett

With over five hectares (12.5 acres), Schlossgut Diel is by far the largest proprietor of this splendid, steep, south-facing vineyard where gold is rumored to have been mined in the 17th century. The stony soils date from the Permian Period and consist of bedrock covered with a thin layer of loam and gravel. These wines reveal delicate yellow fruit aromas, reminiscent of apricots and peaches with hints of flint wrapped in an elegant body. The overall effect and sophisticated finish are both classically Goldloch.

The Goldloch has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed with a highest-possible classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Grand Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Dorsheimer Goldloch as a "Große Lage." The “Kabinett” classification is reserved for premium off-dry wines from Große Lage sites.

Harvest

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification

Gentle pressing, followed by spontaneous fermentation and extended aging in traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak and stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent complement to a wide range of Asian fare, shellfish with a classic cocktail sauce or a semi-sweet “Tarte tatin.” Splendid as a refreshing aperitif as well.

Optimal Drinking Window

Three to ten years after harvest.

2017 Tasting Notes

Pure and clarion in the nose, with loads of apricots and Cox orange-apple and the suggestion of peach;; a beautiful and refreshing balance of elegant fruitiness and lively acidity easing into a long, lingering finish. 

2017 Vintage

A mild and rather dry winter was followed by a very warm March with tendencies of early summer temperatures, providing an early bud break of the vines in the first week of April. During the night of April 19-20, the temperatures at the lower Nahe dropped to -5 degrees C, destroying the majority of the early shoots. Regardless of this harsh setback, the vegetation recovered and progressed rapidly. Due to the dry, and warm summer weather berry growth accelerated. The end of July had long awaited rain and light hailstorms creating humidity during the month of August. Autumn weather provided fully ripe and healthy grapes. 2017 brought an abundance of first-class wines, but a lower yield than previous years.

Pittermänchen Riesling Kabinett

At just one hectare, this is the smallest member in the exclusive club of world-class sites held by Schlossgut Diel. The unusual name of this steep, south-facing site derives from the small silver 'Petermännchen' coin that circulated in the 16th century. Significant slate content in the soil lends the wine its fine purity and refreshing minerality. The wine offers delicate herbal notes with an elegant body and exceptionally long finish.

Pittermännchen has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed by its highest-possible classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Grand Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Pittermännchen as a “Große Lage." The “Kabinett” classification is reserved for premium off-dry wines from Große Lage sites.

Harvest:

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification:

Gentle pressing followed by spontaneous fermentation with natural yeast. Several months of maturation in stainless steel tanks and traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak.

Pairing Suggestions:

An excellent complement to a wide range of Asian fare, shellfish with a classic cocktail sauce and a lightly sweetened Tarte tatin. Splendid as a refreshing aperitif as well.

Optimal drinking window:

Three to ten years after harvest.

Tasting Note 2014:

Elegant notes of black currant and yellow fruits, mingling with delicate and spicy slate aromas; refined sweetness and acidic interplay, velvet fruit concentration on the palate gives way to a long finish.

Cellaring Conditions:

Ideally stored in a cool, slightly damp and low-vibration cellar with consistent temperatures. If such a space is unavailable, these conditions today are best achieved through a modern wine refrigerator which can be optimized with temperature zones for both white and red wines. The recommended serving temperature for sparkling and white wines is around 8° C (46° F), for red wine around 15° C (59° F). The traditional adage to serve red wine at room temperature originates from a time before central heating!

Goldloch Riesling Spätlese

With over five hectares (12.5 acres), Schlossgut Diel is by far the largest proprietor of this splendid, steep, south-facing Dorsheim vineyard where gold is rumored to have been mined in the 17th century. The stony soils date from the Permian Period and consist of bedrock covered with a thin layer of loam and gravel. These wines reveal delicate yellow fruit aromas, reminiscent of apricots and peaches with hints of flint wrapped in a deliciously juicy body. The overall effect and elegant finish are both classically Goldloch.

The Goldloch has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed with a highest-possible classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Grand Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Dorsheimer Goldloch as a "Große Lage." The “Spätlese” classification is reserved for premium fruity wines from Große Lage sites.

Harvest

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification

Gentle pressing, followed by spontaneous fermentation and extended aging in traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak and stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions

Splendid complement to shellfish with a classic cocktail sauce and spicy Asian fare. Mature bottles (10+ years) also make for a delicious aperitif.

Optimal Drinking Window

Four to fifteen years after harvest.

2017 Tasting Notes

Fascinating nose of peach and apricot with a cocktail of mango or papaya;  elegant acidity; long, juicy finish and perfect balance.

 We bottled on 6 March 2018 at the Burg Layen Schlossgut, totaling 1,750 standard bottles.

2017 Vintage

A mild and rather dry winter was followed by a very warm March with tendencies of early summer temperatures, providing an early bud break of the vines in the first week of April. During the night of April 19-20, the temperatures at the lower Nahe dropped to -5 degrees C, destroying the majority of the early shoots. Regardless of this harsh setback, the vegetation recovered and progressed rapidly. Due to the dry, and warm summer weather berry growth accelerated. The end of July had long awaited rain and light hailstorms creating humidity during the month of August. Autumn weather provided fully ripe and healthy grapes. 2017 brought an abundance of first-class wines, but a lower yield than previous years.

Pittermännchen Riesling Spätlese

At just one hectare (2.5 acres), Dorsheimer Pittermännchen is the smallest member in the exclusive club of world-class sites held by Schlossgut Diel. The unusual name of this steep, south-facing site derives from the small silver 'Petermännchen' coin that circulated in the 16th century. Significant slate content in the soil lends its wines their fine purity and refreshing minerality. The wines reveal delicate herbal notes with an elegant body and exceptionally long finish.

Pittermännchen has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed with a highest-possible classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Grand Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Burg Layer Schlossberg as a "Große Lage." The “Spätlese” classification is reserved for premium fruity wines from Große Lage sites.

Harvest

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification

Gentle pressing, followed by spontaneous fermentation with wild yeast and aging in stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions

Splendid complement to shellfish with a classic cocktail sauce or spicy Asian dishes. Mature bottles (10+ years) also make for a delicious aperitif.

Optimal Drinking Window

Four to fifteen years after harvest.

2017 Tasting Notes

Notes of black currant and apricot; Spicy slate touch with a complex fruity richness; the brilliant exchange of sweetness and acidity leads into a seemingly endless finish.

2017 Vintage

A mild and rather dry winter was followed by a very warm March with tendencies of early summer temperatures, providing an early bud break of the vines in the first week of April. During the night of April 19-20, the temperatures at the lower Nahe dropped to -5 degrees C, destroying the majority of the early shoots. Regardless of this harsh setback, the vegetation recovered and progressed rapidly. Due to the dry, and warm summer weather berry growth accelerated. The end of July had long awaited rain and light hailstorms creating humidity during the month of August. Autumn weather provided fully ripe and healthy grapes. 2017 brought an abundance of first-class wines, but a lower yield than previous years.

Goldloch Riesling Auslese

It is rumored that gold was mined here back in the 17th century. The precious metal may be long gone, but it remains a goldmine for Schlossgut Diel, whose more than five hectares represent the lion's share of this splendid, steep, south-facing vineyard. The site's bedrock dates from the Permian Period and is covered by a thin layer of loam and plentiful gravel. The wine reveals delicate yellow fruit aromas, reminiscent of apricot and peach. Stony flint accents, a juicy body and an elegant finish are among the classic markers of wines from the Goldloch vineyard.

 The Goldloch has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed by its highest-possible classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Grand Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Goldloch as a “Große Lage." The "Riesling Auslese” classification is reserved for nobly sweet wines from Große Lage sites.

Harvest:

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification:

Gentle pressing followed by spontaneous fermentation and several months of maturation in traditional wood barrels sourced from local oak and stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions:

Splendid when paired with duck and goose foie gras, apple and pear cake. Allow this bottle 10 years to mature and you’ll have an unforgettably delicious aperitif.

Optimal Drinking Window:

Six to twenty years after harvest.

Tasting Note 2015:

The nose opens with a cocktail of tropical fruits including pineapple, mango and passion fruit; refined natural sweetness, balanced acidic interplay and a vibrant finish.

Cellaring Conditions:

Ideally stored in a cool, slightly damp and low-vibration cellar with consistent temperatures. If such a space is unavailable, these conditions today are best achieved through a modern wine refrigerator which can be optimized with temperature zones for both white and red wines. The recommended serving temperature for sparkling and white wines is around 8° C (46° F), for red wine around 15° C (59° F). The traditional adage to serve red wine at room temperature originates from a time before central heating!

Pittermannchen Riesling Auslese

At just one hectare (2.5 acres), Dorsheimer Pittermännchen is the smallest member in the exclusive club of sites held by Schlossgut Diel. The unusual name of this steep, south-facing site derives from the small silver 'Petermännchen' coin that circulated in the 16th century. Significant slate content in the soil lends its wines their fine purity and refreshing minerality. The wines reveal delicate herbal notes with an elegant body and exceptionally long finish.

The Pittermännchen has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed with a highest-possible classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Grand Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Burg Layer Schlossberg as a "Große Lage." The “Auslese” classification is reserved for premium noble sweet wines from Große Lage sites.

Harvest

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification

Gentle pressing, followed by spontaneous fermentation with wild yeast and aging in stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions

Splendid when paired with duck and goose foie gras, apple desserts and pear cake.

Optimal Drinking Window

Six to twenty years after harvest.

2016 Tasting Notes

Elegant aromas of black currant, delicate slate and hints of tropical fruits such as mango and papaya; deeply complex, refined fruit flavors, brilliant exchange of sweetness and acidity ahead of a long, lingering finish.

2016 Vintage

The dry, mild winter was followed by a wet and warm spring, setting the stage for an early bud break. This pattern held well into the summer months. Late summer saw the return of warm and dry conditions, with weeks of sunshine stretching from early August through the beginning of harvest. This ideal “Indian Summer” was a true winemaker’s delight, allowing the grapes to ripen optimally, with incredible freshness, before a picture-perfect harvest.

Despite its small yields, 2016 will be remembered as a very high-quality vintage.

Sweet Riesling

Burgberg Riesling Edelsüß
Dorsheim Riesling Edelsüß
Riesling Eiswein

These wines are one of the finest examples of the German wine culture. The production of such top wines requires not only favorable climatic conditions, but also the unconditional will from the quality of the winemaker. Edelsüße Rieslings have a great maturity potential.

 

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Burgberg Riesling Beerenauslese

Schlossgut Diel began acquiring parcels on the Dorsheimer Burgberg in the mid-1990s. The 2 hectares it currently holds represent over half of this steep vineyard and its one-of-a-kind microclimate. It is shaped like a basin and ringed by cliffs, a bit like an amphitheater. The iron-rich clay and quartzite soils lend Burgberg wines their unmistakably mineral character, with elegant aromas reminiscent of the rare wild herbs that thrive on the rocky face of the neighboring Eierfels mountain.

Burgberg has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed by its highest-possible classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Grand Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Burgberg as a “Große Lage." The “Beerenauslese” classification stands for naturally sweet premium wines from Große Lage sites.

Harvest:

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards. Single berries were hand selected from shriveled, raisin-like fruits.

Vinification:

Gentle pressing followed by spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts. Several months of maturation in small stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions:

A favorite with classic pairings such as goose or duck foie gras as well as other diverse and sophisticated desserts. Naturally also a beautiful pairing with assorted blue cheese such as Fourme d´Ambert, Roquefort and Stilton.

Optimal Drinking Window:

Ten to thirty years after harvest.

Tasting note 2011:

Aromas reminiscent of passion fruit and raisins, with intense fruitiness, Herbes de Provence, noble berry sweetness, honey, caramel, smoky notes, elegant minerality, concentrated fruit and a long sweet and sophisticated finish.

Cellaring conditions:

Ideally stored in a cool, slightly damp and low-vibration cellar with consistent temperatures. If such a space is unavailable, these conditions today are best achieved through a modern wine refrigerator which can be optimized with temperature zones for both white and red wines. The recommended serving temperature for sparkling and white wines is around 8° C (46° F), for red wine around 15° C (59° F). The traditional adage to serve red wine at room temperature originates from a time before central heating!

Dorsheim Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese

In many ways, this specialty represents the apex of German viticulture. It is a naturally sweet crown jewel of any portfolio that requires a strict set of unique climatic conditions — and hence only occurs in exceptional vintages. Each individual shriveled grape is hand selected and harvested for its balance of concentrated natural fruit sweetness and acidity. Famous Trockenbeerenauslese vintages include 1959, 1971, 1976, 1989, 1995 and 2003.

It is inherent to the manner in which this wine is produced that harvest quantities are shockingly small, seldom more than a few hundred liters. Which makes Trockenbeerenauslese among the rarest and most precious of German wines.

Harvest:

Manual, multi-pass harvest of meticulously selected grapes from our estate’s vineyards. Single berries were hand selected from shriveled, raisin-like fruits.

Vinification:

Gentle pressing followed by spontaneous fermentation and several months of maturation in small stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions:

A favorite with classic pairings such as goose or duck foie gras as well as other diverse and sophisticated desserts. Naturally also a beautiful pairing with assorted blue cheese such as Fourme d´Ambert, Roquefort or Stilton.

Optimal drinking Window:

Twenty to forty years after harvest.

Tasting Note 2011:

Aromas reminiscent of passion fruit and raisins, with intense fruitiness, Herbes de Provence, noble raisin sweetness, honey, caramel, smoky notes, stunningly elegant minerality, concentrated fruit and a long sweet and sophisticated finish.

Cellaring Conditions:

Ideally stored in a cool, slightly damp and low-vibration cellar with consistent temperatures. If such a space is unavailable, these conditions today are best achieved through a modern wine refrigerator which can be optimized with temperature zones for both white and red wines. The recommended serving temperature for sparkling and white wines is around 8° C (46° F), for red wine around 15° C (59° F). The traditional adage to serve red wine at room temperature originates from a time before central heating!

Riesling Eiswein

Eiswein is considered one of the pinnacle achievements of German viticulture, alongside its fellow naturally sweet wines, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese. A specific set of legally mandated conditions are needed for this exclusive specialty, first and foremost temperatures below -7° C (19° F) so that the grapes can be harvested and pressed while still frozen. Because of climate change, this is no longer a given every winter, and so Eiswein is only produced in exceptional vintages. When done properly, these wines have a distinctive extreme concentration of sugar and acids within the individual berries, caused by the cold. 

It is inherent to the manner in which this wine is produced that harvest quantities are shockingly small, seldom more than a few hundred liters. All of which places Eiswein among the true treasures of German wine. 

Harvest:

Manual harvest of frozen grapes from our estate’s vineyards.

Vinification:

Intense pressing of rock-hard frozen grapes. Spontaneous fermentation and several months of maturation in small stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions:

Dies ist der ganz große Klassiker zu Enten- oder Gänsestopfleber-Terrine und einer Vielzahl feinster Süßspeisen. Selbstverständlich passt er auch ganz vorzüglich zu Blauschimmelkäse wie Fourme d´Ambert   Roquefort und Stilton.

Optimal Drinking Window:

Twenty to forty years after harvest.

Tasting Note 2012:

Aromas reminiscent of passion fruit and pineapple, with intense fruitiness, Herbes de Provence, noble raisin sweetness, honey, caramel, smoky aromas, stunningly elegant minerality, concentrated fruit, lively acidity and, as with all our naturally sweet wines, a long, lingering finish.

Cellaring Conditions:

Ideally stored in a cool, slightly damp and low-vibration cellar with consistent temperatures. If such a space is unavailable, these conditions today are best achieved through a modern wine refrigerator which can be optimized with temperature zones for both white and red wines. The recommended serving temperature for sparkling and white wines is around 8° C (46° F), for red wine around 15° C (59° F). The traditional adage to serve red wine at room temperature was made popular in a time before central heating!

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2011 Goldloch Riesling Auslese - Auction 2014

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