Something can be started with the help of careful planning, and something arises without any plan. It sometimes happens in life and certainly in viticulture. An example of this is the creation of the Sonberk's Riesling Noble Rot. When our winemaker Olda Drápal first created it in 2007, it was more of a by-product with interesting potential. However, its successor from the year 2017 was praised by receiving a platinum medal and 97 points at the famous London Decanter World Wine Awards.
"In 2007, the grapes from the last harvest of Riesling already had a high sugar content, so they did not fit into our classic dry wine. But it would be a pity not to work with such nice botrytized grapes, so we tried something new," Olda recalls of the period many years back.
He is a fan of dry wines. However, this does not mean that he resists experiments with other grapes. Sonberk's Riesling Noble Rot has 17.8 grams of residual sugar and 8.3 grams of acid. Like our other wines, it is an oenological cuvée - if it was made only from grapes from the last harvest, its residual sugar would be much higher. This result is a combination of grapes, and the botrytized ones are represented by about 40 percent.
Riesling Noble Rot received 90 points on the Decanter last year. But it seems that in recent months, the maturation of this wine has reached its best stage. The wine raises the eyebrows of the judges of many competitions. Even before those from Decanter, others sent him to this year's selection of the 100 best Czech wines, the Czech Wine Salon. We have the last about 500 bottles of the 2017 vintage, and we are already looking forward to being able to do it for the fourth time - after the years 2007, 2013, and the last one. Keep your fingers crossed for the weather.
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