The be-all and end-all in the Rheingau
Goldatzel wines are produced from soils rich in slate and quarzite, at high elevation, on south facing slopes, at a northerly latitude. The 13 hectares comprise 60 different parcels of vines which are all vinified separately (see picture of micro-fermentation vats) before blending.
The Rheingau is one of the smallest areas of quality wine production in Germany with only around 3,000 hectares planted to vines. The tiny hilltop town of Johannisberger is rightly famous for exquisite Rieslings from world famous producers like Schloss Johannesberg and Schloss Vollrads. Sandwiched between parcels of vineyard owned by these world-renowned brands are other plots still managed by family-owned winemakers like the Gross (Groß) family.
Gerhard has always championed hard work and natural procedures using only locally-produced compost and cover crops to manage the vineyard. His son Johannes has worked all over the world, before returning to his father’s side to continue producing pristine Riesling, both dry and off dry, and a little Pinot Noir.
Vineyard first planted
Goldatzel produces a range of quality wines, including Riesling and Pinot Noir
Glanzstück Riesling Trocken
This entry level dry Riesling is a blend of grapes from several parcels of vine. It has steely acidity offset by 7 grms of sugar which balances the acid whilst leaving the impression of a dry wine. The lime fruit is crisp, clear and refreshing. Excellent value.
Geisenheimer Kläuserweg Trocken 2021
This dry Spatlese is a luscious mouthful of ripe fruit that really coats the inside of the mouth. It is dry with a few savoury notes that offset the intense lively lime flavours. Steely acidity and pristine flavours.
Alte Reben Johannisberger Vogelsang 2021
Another dry Riesling sourced from vines over 100 years old on the slopes of Johannisberg. Slightly floral on the nose, on the palate the firm, steely acidity comes as a surprise. The wine is full bodied, vibrant and crisp with a long finish. Destined to be archetypal Riesling after a few more years in bottle with potential for extended cellar ageing.
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A few words from Alison, VinAccessGlobal Founder
“Johannes’ father, Gerhard Gross, has worked in the vineyards since childhood. His first purchase of land was at the age of 13 when he was offered a parcel of land on Winkeler Hasensprung Spitze with three years to repay his debt. He took me to see the land when I visited in January. The vineyards have wonderful names like Dachsberg (Badger’s Hill), Holle (hell) and Hasensprung (hare’s leap). Every vineyard is sub divided into small plots with several owners. Like Burgundy, the monastic origins of the vineyards have resulted in myriad owners of adjacent plots on each hillside.”
A few words from GOLDATZEL
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