Rudeshemer Berg Schlossberg, Erste Gewachs, 2011

  August Kesseler

A touch less residual sugar than the Roseneck, the warmer terroir of Berg Schlossnerg makes for wines of more structure. There is a wonderful depth to this, along with a gentle tannic grip that serves to steady the explosive flavours of flowers, nectarines, peach, limes and rock, intense and full on but very well balanced. Towards the end of the season, as grapes ripened quickly the danger of rain loomed and with high temperatures that meant rot. August mobilised his picking team a week earlier than anticpated so that he could strike at just the right time. In his own words "I am a Mosel Fan, I like lightness and drinkability in the wines," so the grapes had to be pristine and not overripe. A very successful vintage, these are more of a halfway house between Mosel and Rheingau, they retain great lightness of touch to go with the power.

Contains Sulphites.

About August Kesseler

Tasting Kesseler's Spatburgunders it is not hard to see why he is considered by many to be one of the very top Pinot Noir producers in the whole of Germany. The slate soils of the Assmannshauser Hollenberg vineyard, from where all his Pinot Noir comes from, are said to have been planted up to 1000 years ago, provide extremely good acidities, and are practially phylloxera resistant. Fermentation and ageing of the Pinots is carried out the Burgundian way and the resulting wines do not fail to impress; they are stylish, moreish and extremely pure expressions of Pinot Noir, regardless of context.
August has also swiftly gained a reputation for world class Riesling. In his own words “ I am a Mosel Fan, I like lightness and drinkability in the wines." The style of the wines are something of a halfway house between Mosel and Rheingau Rieslings, they retain great lightness of touch to go with their innate power. August’s approach is different to that many growers in this part of the Rheingau: The warmer sites around Rudesheim tend to be reserved for Grand Cru Dry wines, while the fruity sweeter wines mostly originate from the cooler terroirs around Lorch.

Appellation: Rheingau

7,700 acres along the northern side of the Rhine between Wiesbaden and Rüdesheim where the Riesling produces classic and substantial wines.