Niederhäuser ROSSEL MONOPOLE
At Gut Hermannsberg we try to keep things simple for wine lovers, but the history of this vineyard site is quite complex.
“Rossel” is the name of a Gewann, German for a parcel within a vineyard site. However, following the introduction of the 1971 German wine law it was forbidden to write Gewann names on wine labels. Then this vineyard fell within the boundaries of the Kertz site and that name appeared on the label. However, more recently the entire Kertz was integrated into the Klamm site.
That last move created a serious contradiction. Experts associate the name Klamm with clay-slate soils, but our Rossel monopole site has a soil primarily composed of volcanic rhyolite. For us, it’s essential that each wine transport the soil type on which it grew into the glass, so the name Klamm would be inappropriate for the wines from our Rossel vineyard. Thankfully, it’s once again legal to use Gewann names on the label and in future we will sell these wines under the name “In der Rossel”.
Our Steinterrassen is an elegant cuvée of dry Riesling based upon the wine from the three terraces of old vines in the Rossel, augmented with others from steep terraced vineyards. The wines from the young vines in the lower section of the vineyard go into our 7 Terroirs blend.