• 5/5 stars from the Parker Wine Buyers Guide
• 4/5 red grapes from Gault Millau
• 4/5 stars from Eichelmann
• 5/5 stars from Weinplus
"Stylistic vision and a fabulous trio of vinyards brought Schlossgut Diel to the forefront of German viticulture." - Robert Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide
The Diel family bought the castle Layern and its surrounding vineyards in 1802 and have been making wines ever since. But it was Armin Diel, the current owner, who made the estate famous in the late 1980s. This family estate owns 3 top sites in the Village of Dorsheim, the Goldloch, Burgberg and Pittermännchen, all were classified as Grand Cru in the historic Prussian Classification Map from 1901. Schlossgut Diel’s wines are famous for their finest and grace as well as their beautiful harmony between fruit and mineral. The wines are rich yet extremely delicate, a true expression of the estate’s “power without weight” style. Since 2006, Caroline Diel – the daughter of Armin who learned wine-making at Germany’s most famous wine university, Geisenheim, as well as at famous estates such as Château Pichon Lalande and Domaine de la Romanée Conti – has been responsible for the vineyard and cellar work. From then on, the already superb wines from this estate have become even more refined and elegant.
QVINTERRA RIESLING TROCKEN 2015
Qvinterra Riesling, a dry white whose name comes from Latin (five lands), is made from grapes grown in 5 villages. A signature Riesling from one of the best producer from the Red Slope area. The 2015 was rated 2nd place in the top 10 of Gault Millau.
Jancis Robinson, “Estate Riesling. Pretty warm and enveloping on the nose. Firm spine of acidity and structure. Well done for an entry-level wine!”
PETTENTHAL RIESLING GG 2015
Robert Parker, “2015 Niersteiner Pettenthal Riesling trocken GG opens like a great Riesling: pure, clear, bright and complex, with crushed stone, concentrated lemon and super ripe white fruit aromas. It also shows great finesse on the smoky/flinty nose. Piquant and vital on the first attack, this Pettenthal reveals an intense and mealy texture, a great elegance, and a rich and powerful finish with concentrated lemon and grapefruit flavors. The finish is long, persistent and stimulatingly salty. This full-bodied, silky and well-structured Riesling is another highlight in the KG 2015 portfolio; will probably turn out to be one of the great GGs of the vintage.”