Dr Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2013, Mosel

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The eagle-eyed will have noticed we already have a Dr Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Riesling. So what makes his Grosses Gewächs Riesling so special?

It's a special designation, meaning 'great growths', for Germany's very best wines, and here refers to the section of the vineyard which consistently produces the finest Riesling grapes. The blue Devonian slate underneath the vines provide the ideal conditions for top-notch fruit. Loosen's skill with knowing when to pick, and how to treat them in the winery, give you a German Riesling treat.

A dry style, but with fine balancing fruitiness.

Citrus-coloured, the 2013 Bernkasteler Lay Riesling trocken GG (which was bottled end of October 2014) is a lovely juicy, rich, elegant, mineral and citrus-flavoured Riesling cru with a lingering salty piquancy. The nose is pure and subtle and displays citrus and blue-slate flavours along with herbs and hints of white stone fruit flavours. Very well balanced and intense in the finish and aftertaste, which is piquant, pure and mineral. Robert Parker, 91+ pts
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Percentage Alcohol

12.50

Region

Mosel

Grape Variety

Riesling

Country

Germany

Style

ArrayCrisp Dry White, Oaked White

Food Match

ArrayChicken, Shellfish, Vegetarian

Vegan

Vegan

£29.49
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The Producer

A family-run estate for over 200 years, current owner Ernst Loosen took the reins in 1988. He soon realised that, with the estate's superlative vineyard sites in the middle Mosel valley, including ungrafted vines averaging over 50 years old, he had the very best raw materials at his disposal. He began by drastically reducing yields and moving away from chemical fertilisers. The estate has become a member of the prestigious VDP, Germany’s association of top-rated wine estates and has been named one of the ten best estates in Germany by nearly every wine publication worldwide.
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The Winemaker

A love of archaeology should have led to a career studying the local Roman ruins but Ernst's father decided to hand the estate over to the next generation in the mid-eighties which precipitated a swift career change, with winemaking studies at Geisenheim and a world tour of vineyards from Austria to California. Since Ernst has taken over the business, the Dr Loosen wines have received countless awards across the world. One of the wine trade's larger than life characters, Ernst was named ' White Winemaker of the Year' at the International Wine Challenge in 2005 and Decanter Man of the Year in the same year.

The Region

The Dr Loosen vineyards owe their quality to three major factors: the cool climate of the middle Mosel area, the mineral-rich slate and volcanic soils and the extreme age of the estate’s ungrafted vines. The Mosel’s steep south-facing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, with generally cool conditions allowing the grapes to ripen slowly whilst retaining bright acidity, while during cooler nights, the river holds heat to protect the vines. The Mosel’s slatey soil and numerous rocky outcroppings warm the vineyards by reflecting sunlight and holding the heat of the day. Old vines, some of which are around 120 years old, produce naturally lower yields, which results in a higher concentration of fruit and flavour in the wine.
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