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Producer: Schloss VollradsGrape Varieties: 100% RieslingOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Refreshing dry white with mineralityAlcohol by Volume: 12%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Germany
Schloss Vollrads, with nearly 800 years of viticultural 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. Strict pruning ensures that yields are 40% lower than the legal requirement, while further reductions are made by crop thinning. The soil is a mixture of Taunus quartzite, argillaceous shale and calcareous loess soil. 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 these vines.
Following a disappointingly cold and wet previous year, 2015 appeared to be an exceptional vintage. Yields were healthy and ripe with good must weights and ripe acidity reaching optimum levels at the beginning of harvest in late September.
Fermentation was long and gentle, at low temperatures of 16-18°C in stainless steel tanks with selected yeast strains for a period of two weeks. The Volratz Riesling is named after the ancient name for the Schloss Vollrads estate and is always the first wine to be bottled and released each year.
The “Volratz 1573” is a refreshing, dry Rheingau Riesling with a crisp and mineral character showing fruits of apricots and peaches. It is a delicate straw-yellow in colour with a youthful appearance. Well-balanced, crisp and mineral with good levels of refreshing acidity. A clear exotic fruit flavour with elegance and a medium to long finish.
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