1976 Schloss Johannisberger Rosalack Auslese. Rheingau, Germany.

An auction purchase.

Schloss Johannisberger Rosalack Auslese 1     Schloss Johannisberger Rosalack Auslese 2

When opening such an old wine from auction, there is always a moment of anticipation as to what condition it will be in. Can be a bit hit and miss sometimes. Opened a different 1976 German Riesling recently which was in terrible condition. Hoping this would not be a repeat.

Cork came out in 2 parts and was well soaked through.

Colour of oolong tea with some green edges.

Mute nose.

Flavours of baked apple pie, cold tea, cinnamon and a hint of Nori seaweed.

Slightly sweet and rich on the palate with flavours of sugar coated almonds.

Complex. Long aftertaste. Good acid.

Still has lots of life left in this.

Purchased from Sterling auctions for approximately $50

Tasted 8th November 2013


About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.


  1. I’m glad that one was a success. I bought Stu a 75 German Riesling, can’t remember the name of it right now, would have to think way too hard about it, as a thank you for doing the food at a party I had once and we ended up opening it together a month or so later (thankfully he likes to share, even if it was a gift from me). It was an utter treat, one of the better aged whites I have had!

  2. Bjorn Anthony

    What a shame the wine was not in better condition…..oh the joys of screwcaps.

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