A story has been told that in the fall of 1775, the owner of Schloss Johannesberg at the time, Prince Abbot of Fulda, had intended to taste the grapes and let the workers know when it was time to harvest. The catch being that the grapes had to be sent via courier from the winery to the town of Fulda for approval, and word sent back. Due to a delay in the chain of communication (some accounts say the courier was robbed), news to commence harvest came weeks too late and there was a rot that had overtaken the grapes. Here the story goes in two directions depending on the source, first is that the cellarmaster at Johannesberg decided to make wine anyway, and was very pleased with the result: Spätlese ("late harvest") wine was born! The alternate ending was that the moldy grapes were given to the peasants, who ended up with the same, delicious solution!
We are pleased to offer a selection of German Riesling sourced from a friend of the store, who had a bit of a surplus and will now be spreading the wealth. Mostly Spätlese on offer, these wines are still cellarable, and most are inexpensive enough to crack open on a weeknight with friends if you don't want to wait! Cari Bernard
All the vines for this wine are from the Hofberg site, but it is not labeled as such. This comes from 20-30 year old vines and is fermented 50% in stainless steel and 50% in 1000 liter neutral wood. With just 12 grams of residual sugar it has only the subtlest sense of "sweetness" to enhance the glacier-water purity and precision. Though fermented entirely with wild yeast, it avoids the classic sponti aromatics and instead emphasizes components of herb, rose petal and lime rind. A twinge spritzy and very easy to drink. rsg