Rheingau

August Eser – Johannisberg

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Overview

This family-run VDP vineyard in the heart of the wine-growing region of Rheingau/Hessen covers an area of 11 hectares, spread over 17 different plots in eight municipalities.  The Riesling and Spätburgunder wines are matured in the barrel vaults housed in the 17th century estate manor.

10 years ago, Désirée Eser took over the vineyard from her parents, Joachim and Renée, after having worked hand in hand with them in the vineyards.  Today, along with her husband Dodo Freiherr zu Knyphausen, she continues to uphold the family tradition of fine winemaking into the 10th generation.  The aim of growing a modern operation with the highest quality standards is inspiring every day.  The philosophy of the company is: Life is too short to drink bad wine.  The quality consciousness is reflected in August Eser’s membership in the Association of German Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter (VDP), as well as numerous awards in various wine competitions.

Estate Facts

Owners: Désirée Eser Freifrau zu Knyphausen & Dodo Freiherr zu Knyphausen

Surface Area: 11 ha in the Rheingau valley

Grape Varietals: 90% Riesling, 10% Pinot Noir

Philosophy: Life is too short to drink bad wine

Memberships: VDP since 1971; Rheingauer young winemakers; Vinissima-Women and Wine

Vineyard Locations: Oestrich, Hattenheim, Rüdesheim, Winkel,   Erbach, Rauenthal, Hallgarten, Mittelheim

Famous Plots: Lenchen, Doosberg, Nussbrunnen, Siegelsberg, Wisselbrunnen, Rothenberg, Bischofsberg, Jesuitengarten, Hasensprung, Engelmannsberg

Soil Types: Sand, loess, marl, slate, meadow

Slope Gradient: Gentle to steep slopes


Rheingau Riesling Classic

Grape Varietals: 100% Riesling

Terroir: The Rheingau is characterized by its geographic position with only southern facing slopes and proximity to the Rhine river.  The deep clay soils are well hydrated although there is little rainfall (530 mm per year).  This is due to the Rheingau hills and the humus development from the cover crop management, which has been ongoing for 2 decades.  The goal is to maintain natural soil vitality.  Cultivation in harmony with nature combined with minimum yields is the baseline for quality, which is further improved by a late, selective, hand harvest.

Vinification: Hand harvest, with several selections of the grapes on the vine and a limited yield.  The grapes are crushed and processed gently, followed by a slow and controlled fermentation for a better flavor development.  Fermentation takes place in wooden barrels and stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes: This young Riesling is a fruity, herbal delight.  Due to its residual sugar, which lies somewhere between Trocken and Feinherb, it pairs very well with lighter dishes or served as an aperitif.  The Riesling Classic is an uncomplicated, undeniable pleasure to drink.

Residual Sugar: 11.3 g/l

Acid: 7.3 g/l

Alcohol Content: 11.5%

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Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Trocken QbA

Grape Varietals: 100% Riesling

Soil: The soil in the Oestricher Lenchen is characterized by loess and loam, which gives the wine its aromatic richness and minerality

Vinification: Hand harvest, with several selections of the grapes on the vine and a limited yield.  The grapes are crushed and processed gently, followed by a slow and controlled fermentation for a better flavor development.  Fermentation takes place in wooden barrels and stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes: Fresh and harmonious, this wine pairs well with light summer dishes.

Residual Sugar: 8.8 g/l

Acid: 7.9 g/l

Alcohol Content: 11%


Rudesheimer Bischofberg Riesling Kabinett Feinherb

Grape Varietals: 100% Riesling

Vinification: Hand harvest, with several selections of the grapes on the vine and a limited yield.  The grapes are crushed and processed gently, followed by a slow and controlled fermentation for a better flavor development.  Fermentation takes place in wooden barrels and stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes: The Rhein-Schieferboden of Rüdesheim gives a wonderful minerality and abundance to this Riesling.  Ripe, juicy fruit on the palate, with earthy, vegetal notes, zesty acidity, and a touch of tannin on the finish.

Residual Sugar: 17.1 g/l

Acid: 8 g/l

Alcohol Content: 10.5%

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