Lay & Wheeler about Schloss Johannisberg
A Riesling for the ages at Schloss Johannisberg
2015 is a benchmark vintage for German Riesling. Nowhere is this more true than at one of Germanys most historic estates, Schloss Johannisberg.
Surrounded by the estates vineyards, Schloss Johannisberg is a picture-perfect winery. And theyre one of Germanys, if not the worlds, oldest producers, with a history of growing grapes back to 817.
Its a remarkable place: even the oak for the barrels is grown in the estates own forests. But its not a place where time stands still. By embracing modern vineyard and wine-making practices, alongside that millennium of history, they create some of the most profound and authentic Rieslings there are.
They even have their own way of designating the style of wine, shown since 1820 by the colour of the capsule on the neck of the bottle (in those days, the colour of the wax seal). So we sought out the greatest dry Riesling produced at this illustrious address. It's their Silberlack (Silver Capsule) Grosses Gewächs, or Grand Cru.
And the 2015 is one of the best theyve ever made. Intense, concentrated, and tightly wound, it gives just a hint of its potential. Given 10 years or so, this will be a star. Robert Parkers Wine Advocates Stephen Reinhardt agrees, giving it 93+ points, noting "the typical persistent minerality, freshness and precise articulation of fruit is remarkable before calling it "a great GG [Grosses Gewächs]. Germanys 2015 vintage is one to stock up on: these are some of the worlds most successful, complex, and ageworthy whites. With value like this rarely elsewhere in the Old World, it becomes all the more compelling.
2015 Silberlack Riesling Grosses Gewächs, Schloss Johannisberg, Rheingau
"The wine is full-bodied, round, intense and very elegant on the palate. Provided with a persistent mineral structure and a vital acidity, it will go for many years[...]On the palate the grand cru is again powerful, pure and well structured, revealing a great complexity and length. It was bottled with just three grams per liter of residual sugar, but doesn't lack anything. This is a great GG."
Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
Drink 2019 to 2035