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    Dr Loosen 'Wehlener Sonnenuhr' Riesling Spätlese 2017

    Dr Loosen 'Wehlener Sonnenuhr' Riesling Spätlese 2017

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    This precipitously steep, rocky vineyard consistently yields some of the most elegant and sophisticated white wines in the world. The mineral-rich, blue Devonian slate soil produces quintessential Mosel Riesling: delicate and refined, with racy minerality. Wehlener Sonnenuhr (pronounced VAY-len-er ZON-en-ooer) was rated “First Vineyard” (Erste Lage) in the 1868 Prussian classification of the Mosel, and “Great First-Class” in the Wine Atlas of Germany by Hugh Johnson & Stuart Pigott (1995). In 2012, it was officially named a Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) by the VDP, Germany’s association of top growers. Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Spätlese [SHPAYT-lay-zuh] is German for “late picked.” It has more richness and body than a Kabinett because the grapes are allowed to ripen for an extra week or more. The extra hang time on the vine allows for greater development of flavour and aroma, what Ernst Loosen refers to as “aromatic ripeness.” Because of its intensity and concentration, without botrytis, the Spätlese Prädikat (ripeness level) often gives you the purest expression of the vineyard’s terroir.


    Dr Loosen has been in the same family for more than 200 years and its present guardian, Ernst Loosen, is one of the great characters of the wine world. He assumed ownership of the estate in 1988 and immediately realised that, with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany's best-rated vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. To achieve this, Erni dramatically reduced his crop size and ceased using chemical fertilisers, preferring only moderate use of organic fertilisers. And, most importantly, he turned to gentler cellar practices that allow the wine to develop to its full potential with a minimum of handling and technological meddling.


    The vineyards that cling on for dear life along the banks of Germany’s Mosel River are one of the most dramatic vistas in the world of wine. Riesling reaches lofty heights on the precipitous slopes and blue and red slate soils of this famous meandering waterway, accounting for 60% of the plantings in the region. Other varieties grown in the Mosel include Müller-Thurgau, Elbling, Kerner, Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Dornfelder and Weißer Burgunder (Pinot Blanc). German wine law is notoriously abstruse but what you need the main action centres around wines designated Qualitatswein mit Prädikat (QmP). There are dry wines in the Qualitätswein designation (trocken, halbtrocken & Feinherb) but Prädikat wines ascend in levels of residual sugar from Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese and the heady Trockenbeerenauslese & Eiswein. In recent decades, much work has been done on the Großes Gewächs (Grosses Gewächs) wines, a designation used to identify some of the finest dry white wines of Germany, all from Grosse Lage (Great Sites) the finest vineyard sites according to the German VDP classification system much like the Grand Cru designation in Burgundy. Local Knowledge: Stock up on provisions and vino and get off the main tourist trail and explore the roads the skirt above the vineyards. There are many incredible photo opportunities and picnic tables with knockout views and check out the two Michelin starred Schanz Restaurant in Piesport.


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