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Dr Loosen Dry Riesling Graacher Mosel 2022

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Dr Loosen Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2022
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • Origin:Mosel / Germany
  • Grapes: Riesling

Description

The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that he had vines in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards. To maximize the potential of those vines, he dramatically crop size, uses only organic fertilization, insists on very strict fruit selection, and employs gentle cellar practices with a minimum of handling./p>

Located in far western Germany, the Mosel valley’s steep, southfacing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun. The cool climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly while retaining bright acidity.

The Dr. Loosen Graacher Riesling is harvested from younger vines among the breathtaking multi-colored slate slopes of the Mosel river near the village of Graach, in the Grosse Lage region; its power and complexity surprisingly approach GG (Große Gewächse/Grand Cru) quality, but this classification is only used for vines over 30-35 years old.

The stony soil and numerous rocky outcroppings of the Mosel warm the vineyards by reflecting sunlight and holding the heat of the day. This creates very warm microclimates in the best sites and helps ensure excellent ripeness.

Fermented with native yeasts and aged for 12 months on the full yeast in traditional German oak barrels, it is a wine to which the dark and multicolored slate soil lends a firm mineral structure and notes of herbs, pronounced flavors of citrus, and stone fruits.

It is extremely approachable and fruity, with an elegant and mineral finish, making it an ideal food pairing wine.

It offers a superbly fresh and attractive nose of aniseed herbs, almond cream, smoke, juniper, and pineapple. The wine is pleasantly juicy and creamy but also develops good structure and presence on the palate. The finish is long, slightly herbal, and stimulating. A more opulent and creamy side emerges on the aftertaste. This is an excellent dry Riesling in the making.