Upon opening wine is on the dry side. But left corked in the fridge for at least a week its balance seemed to improve as it acquired a bit of sweetness. Could be a sign it will improve in a few years. My rating is ballpark.
color: yellow with green tinge nose: med+, very sweet floral character, almost candied like a sweet tart palate: offdry, RA estimated 26 g/l, acid is med yet may be higherdue to acid sugar bal, tannin zero, body med- alc est 9 percent, finis, med+ nice bal fruit acidsugar, very light and delicate
style note: light and delicate wine where the high sugar content is neatly laced with acidity. Excellent as an aperatif
Johannishof ‐ Johannisberg “V“ Riesling Kabinett 2009 WJ1‐09 Estate: Winery for Value 2007 by Wine Spectator – HIGHEST average score of 2007 vintage wines: 91.2 points!) The Johannishof estate is owned by the Eser family. Their focus is small production, high quality, estate‐bottled Rieslings, in all styles. They own parcels of some of the best vineyards in the towns of Johannisberg (Hölle, Klaus, Vogelsang, Goldatzel) and Rüdesheim (Berg Rottland), to name a few. Johannishof is a member of the Charta group, which is comprised of about 30 top Rheingau wineries that banded together to promote high quality dry Rieslings. Johannishof is also one of the early proponents of the Erstes Gewachs system. Estate owner/winemaker: Johannes Eser Acres under vine: 50 Average annual production: 11,000 cases Varietals produced: Riesling (99%), Pinot Blanc (1%) The Vineyard: Johannisberger Vogelsang with its deep rooting loess/loam soils are planted with 100 % Riesling grapes. It offers ideal growing conditions for fine, fruity elegant Riesling wines. Region: Rheingau The Rheingau is a relatively small but hugely important region that lies in the “elbow” of the Rhein, where the river takes a brief east‐west jaunt on its journey up to the North Sea. Riesling dominates here, with a little enclave of Pinot Noir being planted around the village of Assmannshausen. The Rheingau is renowned for promoting dry styles of Riesling, having created both the Charta and Erstes Gewächs (First Growth) designations for top dry Rieslings (Erstes Gewächs also applies to the top Pinot Noirs in the Rheingau). Many of their wines are sold in a blue‐green fluted bottle that is only allowable for Rheingau wines. Vintage Report 2009 2009 started with very low temperatures, even with snowfall on March 25. Then April turned out to be unseasonably warm... At 14th of April we saw one of the earliest pop outs since 1955. The warm spring weather brought about a fast growth in the vineyard with an advantage of three weeks and flowering started already end of May. Beginning of June weather turned cooler and flowering took very long up to 6 weeks, which already had an influence on the amount of berries per grape. During summer there was a good mixture of sun and rain. The first days of October were rainy and very warm, but fortunately the weather changed quickly to dry and cool. We started picking on October 5th under ideal conditions. Our grapes were very healthy with a high oechsle level and a nice amount of acidity, however with 20 % less yield. Botrytis infected berries were very hard to find, so the main focus in 2009 is on our non‐botrytised wines. Tasting Notes: This Kabinett wine is a typical Rheingau Riesling with its fruity character and light yellow fruit aromas. Ideal with grilled meat, fresh vegetables or Asian food, but also perfect to be enjoyed on its own. Technical Information: Alcohol: 9.5% Acidity: 0.81 % (8.1 g/l) Residual Sugar: 4.44 % (44.4 g/l)
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