Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Trocken Bronze Seal is a dry Riesling. The wines of Schloss Johannisberg have a colour coding system. The Bronze Seal or “Bronzelack” designates a Trocken (dry) wine. There is yellow for Feinherb, green for Spatlese, silver for Grosses Gewaches and pink for the Auslese. The various classifications were used as the basis for the new German wine classification of 1971.
Schloss Johannisberg is one of the most famous German wine estates. It is located in the Rheingau wine growing region and wine has been made at the site for over 900 years. Schloss Johannisberg is a 35 hectare single vineyard wine estate (Einzellage) and can also lay claim to being the oldest Riesling estate of the world. It has been planted exclusively with 100% Riesling since 1720. Schloss Johannisberg is a single vineyard designation in its own right and one of a handful of German vineyards that do not have to display a village name on the label. The vineyards consist of a loam-loess topsoil over Taunus quartzite. The stony, gravelly soil is great at retaining the daytime temperatures and acts as a temperature buffer. The winery is also famous for claiming to have invented Late Harvest Wine and is the home of quality designations for German wine. Schloss Johannisberg made the first Spätlese level Riesling in 1775, followed by an Auslese wine in 1787 and an Eiswein in 1858.
The grapes for the Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Kabinett Trocken Red Seal are hand-harvested from steep (45 degree), south-facing vineyards. Yields are kept low and there is careful bunch selection in the vineyard. The grapes were gently pressed and the juice was vinified at controlled temperatures. 50% of the must was fermented in 1,200 litre wooden casks. The oak comes from their own “Schloss Johannisberg” oak trees. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was aged on the fine lees for a period of six months.