RIESLING WITH ROYAL ROOTS
The roots of the von Schönborns, one of Germany’s oldest noble families, can be traced back to the Crusades and the first mention with respect to viticulture was in the year 1349. Schloss Schönborn is the oldest wine estate in Germany and one of the oldest in the world, continuously owned by the same family for 27 generations. For a 32 kilometer stretch, the north flowing Rhine River changes its course and flows from east to west along the 50th parallel before heading north again just beyond the town of Ruedesheim. It was Emperor Charlemagne in the 8th century who noticed, from his palace on the southern bank of the Rhine in Ingelheim, that the snows first melted on the opposite bank. He remarked that vineyards should be planted there. This is what precisely happened in the area now demarcated as Germany’s Rheingau. For over 660 years the Schönborn’s have practiced sustainable vineyard practices, in parallel with a philosophy of producing great wines continuously. The estate owns over 50 hectares, (125 acres), of vineyards throughout the Rheingau. This wine, back in the market again with the new 2018 vintage is an entry level blend of Riesling from several estate vineyard parcels. This wine has sold briskly every time it has been released by the LCBO, so we are pleased LCBO Vintages has reordered a new parcel. Vinified in stainless steel, it is refreshingly pure with floral nuances, citrus and orchard fruits finishing with a gentle hint of peaches. Any poached freshwater fish will pair beautifully. Add a mango salsa on the side to enhance the flavour experience 2018 SCHLOSS SCHÖNBORN ESTATE RIESLING QBA V653535, $17.95.