2020 Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Spatlese Grunlack

Riesling - 375ML
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JS 99 WA 93
JS 99

jamessuckling.com, July 2021

Very cool and reserved at the front, but this is an enormously deep and complex wine that has staggering mineral intensity. The lime and oolong-tea freshness effortlessly swallows up the unfermented grape sweetness, as if...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2021

The 2020 Riesling Spätlese Grünlack is precise and fine on the bright and delicately fruity and flinty nose that shows white peach aromas along with some flinty notes of crushed stones. Very elegant and crystalline on the...


Color & Type White
Varietal Riesling
Country Germany
Region Rheingau
Vintage 2020
Size 375ML
Percent alcohol 8%
Closure Cork

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the exquisite 2020 Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Spatlese Grunlack, a white wine that emanates elegance and complexity. Hailing from the esteemed Rheingau region in Germany, this wine is a true testament to the mastery of the renowned producer, Schloss Johannisberg.

As you pour this liquid gold into your glass, you'll be captivated by its luminous appearance, gleaming with a pale straw color that hints at its purity. The nose is initially cool and reserved, but as the wine opens up, it reveals an astonishing depth and complexity. The mineral intensity is staggering, with the aromas of lime and oolong tea swirling delicately, effortlessly engulfing any trace of unfermented grape sweetness.

Critics may argue that this wine is too radical, but it is precisely this audacity that creates the great excitement. Every sip is a journey through layers of flavors that dance on the palate. The herbal freshness at the finish is nothing short of astounding, leaving a lasting impression of vibrancy and vitality.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this masterpiece a remarkable score of 99 points, praising its depth and complexity. He suggests that while it is undoubtedly enjoyable now, the true magic of this wine will unfold after a few years of cellaring, making it reach its peak around 2023.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also recognizes the brilliance of the 2020 Riesling Spatlese Grunlack, awarding it a well-deserved score of 93 points. They describe the wine as precise and fine, with a bright and delicately fruity nose that exudes notes of white peach and flinty minerals. The palate is a harmonious symphony of elegance and finesse, leaving a stimulating and piquant finish that is both salty and refreshing.

With an alcohol percentage of 8.0%, this wine embodies balance and restraint, allowing the natural beauty of the Riesling varietal to take center stage. Sealed with a classic cork closure, the anticipation of opening this bottle is an experience in itself.

The 2020 Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Spatlese Grunlack is a masterpiece that showcases the unparalleled quality and precision of German winemaking. It is a wine that will enchant and delight even the most discerning palates, and a true treasure to be cherished and savored.