The impressive Berg Schlossberg resides in the bend of the Rhine River called the “Binger Loch'', which is west of Rüdesheim opposite Bingen. The Rhine changes course here and travels north again after its east-west intermezzo in the Rheingau. The incredibly steep terraces here are braced by mighty vineyard walls. Because the slope bulges towards the sun and the Rhine reflection also makes its contribution, the solar radiation here is quite high. The soil at the Berg Schlossberg site contains a combination of red clay slate with mixed-in Taunus quartzite too. The name of this 25-hectare vineyard stems from Ehrenfels, now a castle ruin that can be seen from quite a distance.
The 40+ year old vines of this site create very small berries of high concentration. A wine of intense power and elegance, it isn’t as tropical or floral as some of the other GGs and has a high acid structure built for long aging. It is vinified and aged in 1200L German oak casks and has the lowest residual sugar of all of the 2019 wines.
Press Notes :
98 points, James Suckling – “A towering giant of peach, apricot and King Alfonso mango aromas that opens slowly like a rose. Great juiciness, but of the most refined kind. Stunning interplay of fruit and minerality right through the very long, pristine finish. Drink or hold.” – Stuart Pigott