Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2018 edition panel review of Dry German Riesling (Grosses Gewächs) (see blue link below).
Schloss Vollrads Grosses Gewachs Schlossberg Riesling 2016 - July 2018 Decanter review
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. Rowald has been improving quality since he joined in 1997, and his philosophy runs through every aspect of production. The soil in the vineyards of Schloss Vollrads is a mixture of Taunus quartzite, agrillaceous shale and gravel. The climate is mild, benefiting from the Rhine river on one side and the Taunus mountain range on the other side. The vineyard slopes are all south-facing, allowing them to capture the best sunshine. The Taunus mountain range offers protection from the northern winds with its forests and creates the ideal conditions for the vines.
Grapes were hand harvested, gently pressed and fermented with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks over three weeks at a temperature of 18°C. After fermentation, the wine is aged on its lees for an extended period prior to bottling.
Bright yellow in colour with hints of green. The nose is bright and aromatic, loaded with white flowers, stony minerality, layers of fruit and herbal notes. Full bodied, the palate offers prominent flavours such as Mirabelle plum, grapefruit and fresh lemon zest. A very elegant Riesling with great finesse and depth.