Schlossgut Diel, Dorsheimer Goldloch Riesling Spätlese, Nahe, Germany, 2011 through Merchant of Wine.

Schlossgut Diel, Dorsheimer Goldloch Riesling Spätlese, Nahe, Germany, 2011

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Overview of the Wine
The Schlossgut Diel vineyards, castle and winery are of great historical significance. The winery was purchased by the Diel family in 1802 from the Baron Dalberg, who had managed to prevent its confiscation by Napoleon’s troops in 1789. Today the winery is owned by prominent gourmand and wine aficionado Armin Diel, well regarded for his work to promote German wine, and whose daughter Caroline now oversees winemaking. Diel’s offerings are a study in both terroir and differences in intensity achieved at various levels of ripeness. Diel is one of few who still vinifies each Grosses Gewächs site at each Pradikät.

Located in the lower Nahe on a steep south-facing slope, the 3 vineyards Goldloch, Burgberg and Pittermännchen comprise Diel’s esteemed holdings and were documented as early as 1901 as producing wines of exceptional quality. With nearly thirteen acres, Schlossgut Diel is by far the largest landowner within the steep Goldloch vineyard, a vineyard of clay over bedrock, and whose name evokes miners’ search for gold here in the 17th century. This site is known for producing deep, powerful wines while still maintaining elegance and finesse. Diel holds approximately half of the steep slopes of the Burgberg vineyard, named for the castle Burg Layen Its clay soil accented by slate and gravel is known for making elegant Riesling that is capable of aging. The smallest of Diel’s holdings (1 hectare) are within the Pittermännchen vineyard which benefits from south-facing slopes and mineral soils of slate, quartz and gravel. The complexity of the soil lends itself to racy wines that express great minerality.

Organic viticulture is practiced as much as the steep slopes permit. Fruit is either whole-cluster pressed or, if vintage necessitates, destemmed by hand so as not to break skins and warrant oxidation. Fermentation is carried out spontaneously in stuckfass, doppelstuck, and cement tanks, with small barrels used for the red wines.

The combination of great vineyard sites, dedicated vineyard management and meticulous winemaking has led the winery to receive continued acclaim. The wines scrupulously define themselves: the style changes as the vintage dictates but the wines are always clear, sophisticated, and balanced.

The Goldloch has long been considered one of the finest vineyards anywhere in the Nahe region, an opinion confirmed with a highest-possible classification in the official Prussian vineyard survey of 1901. Drawing on the Grand Cru model, the VDP-Nahe has classified the Dorsheimer Goldloch as a "Grosse Lage." The “Spätlese” classification is reserved for premium fruity wines from Grosse Lage sites.

Grape / Blend

Nahe, Germany

Tasting Notes
With over five hectares (12.5 acres), Schlossgut Diel is by far the largest proprietor of this splendid, steep, south-facing Dorsheim vineyard where gold is rumored to have been mined in the 17th century. The stony soils date from the Permian Period and consist of bedrock covered with a thin layer of loam and gravel. These wines reveal delicate yellow fruit aromas, reminiscent of apricots and peaches with hints of flint wrapped in a deliciously juicy body. The overall effect and elegant finish are both classically Goldloch.

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2008)
White peach, honeydew melon, fresh orange, rowan, chamomile, iris, almond extract and cooling yet invigorating herbal aromas rise from the glass of 2007 Dorsheimer Goldloch Riesling Spatlese, which offers comparably diverse generosity, polish, refinement, and soothing richness that seduce the palate, leading to a finish in which citrus zest and alkaline mineral notes add counterpoint to sweet orchard fruits and liquid flowers. Enjoy this beauty over the next quarter-century.

92 Points - Vinous (2008)
Resplendent aromas of pineapple, lemon oil and oyster shell. Dense but juicy, with finely spiced acidity providing the wine with a wonderfully vibrant character. The estate's best spatlese in this vintage, offering impressive concentration and length.

Product size: 750ml
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