06.02.2020

Botrytis brought Riesling to the Wine Salon and Collection of the Year

The two recent successes of the Sonberk´s wines have one thing in common - Riesling Noble Rot 2017 will represent Sonberk winery next year in the Wine Salon and is also part of the award-winning Collection of the Year by the creators of the Best Czech Wine Guide. That's why this wine deserves a more detailed performance.

Two foreign words in its name refer to the fact that it is a wine made of grapes covered with noble mould Botrytis cinerea. During the year, winegrowers routinely resist it. However, when it shows on the grapes in the final ripening, it causes the husks to crack, which means a higher concentration of sugar, acids, and other substances inside. “By creating Riesling Noble Rot, we use not only these grapes. The proportion of grapes with botrytis is about forty percent, which is greatly complemented by the acids that naturally dominate in Riesling, creating a pleasant full-bodied wine,” explains our winemaker Olda Drápal, who finally mixed Riesling Noble rot to 17.8 grams of residual sugar and 8.3 grams of acids.

Olda is a fan of drier wines, but here he makes an exception. He likes Riesling Noble Rot mainly in its older form. Therefore, this wine is bottled into a 1.5-liter bottle, which is suitable for more extended maturation. The bigger and smaller bottle is suitable to hide because the vintage 2017 is our last, and nobody now knows when the next. “We had the vintage 2007, 2013, and now 2017 and we would like to continue with the year 2019, but the grapes eventually did not have enough sugar content. Generally, it is necessary to be foggy overnight and windy and warm during the day so that water can evaporate from under the grape peel,” explains Olda.

In this case, the work with grapes is more complicated, but in the cellar, we can continue as with other dry wines. Maybe even simpler is that this wine stops fermenting spontaneously and does not have to be stoped in development. Most important, however, is its taste, which appealed not only to the contest evaluators, but also the head sommelier of the Prague wine bar Bokovka Roman Novotný, who, along with his colleagues, is its patron, as everyone can read on a tag.

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