Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Dr. Loosen 2018
This precipitously steep and rocky vineyard, Wehlener Sonnenuhr yields some of the most elegant and sophisticated white wines in the world. It has very light soil and the purest blue slate of any Mosel vineyard. This gives the wine a lively minerality and a delicate, crisp acidity that perfectly balances the bright flavors of white peach and lemon. It’s an aristocratic and charming wine that dances gracefully on the palate.
Dr.Loosen has been owned by the family for more than 200 years. When Ernst Loosen took control of it in 1988, he realized that with free standing vines with an average age of 60 years in the most vineyards in central Moselle, he had the raw material to create stunningly intense
and world-class wines. To do this, Ernst drastically reduced the harvest and decided to use only a moderate amount of organic fertilizer. All six of the major vineyards of the Dr.Loosen company were classified as "Grand Cru" in the Prussian classification dated 1868. It was before the Burgundy classification! On steep slopes and with south exposure of the Moselle, the proximity of the river creates an ideal microclimate for Riesling. vines have an ideal exposure to the sun to achieve perfect maturation. Fresh nights, even in the summer, retain the characteristic acidity of the grape, which is essential for a clean and alive Riesling. The river reflects the sun's rays and retains the heat helping the grapes ripe and protecting the vines from the frosts. The rocky slate soil and the numerous emerging rocks keep the heat
of the day and ensure full maturation. A thin surface layer forces the vines to dig deep into the soil to find nutrients, this vines thus produce intense minerals and vibrant wines. Dr.Loosen's vines are now 60 years old and are still on their free foot. Old vineyards naturally produce smaller crops with greater concentration and greater complexity.
Some Vineyards operated by Dr. Loosen
Bernkasteler Lay (Bernkastel Slate). It is the vineyard with more slate. Wines are softer.
Wehlener Sonnenuhr (La Meridiana of Wehlen). Blue slate soil. Wines are more elegant and sophisticated in the world.
Ürziger Würzgarten (Spice Garden of Urzig). Red, volcanic and slate soil. Exotic, spicy wines.
Graacher Himmelreich (Graach's Kingdom of Heaven). Combination of elegance and rustic strength.
Erder Treppchen (Erden ladder) Very steep. Red slate. Muscular and complex wine. Very mineral.
Erdener Prälat (Bishop of Erden). One of the most important vineyards in Germany. Red slate. Wines of unmatched power and nobility. Its position between the river and the massive rocky cliffs ensures an exceptional maturation.