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Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Grosses Gewächs
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 "Sundial of Wehlen" is one of the greatest vineyards in the Middle Mosel. The soil is almost nothing but broken shards of blue Devonian slate, which gives a lively minerality to the wines. Citrus and white peach flavours predominate when the wines are young, turning to a pure expression of the mineral soil as they age. 100% Riesling from vines of more than 100 years of age. Fermented with indigenous yeast in a 3,000-litre, neutral oak, cask; matured on the full lees for 12 months; no bâtonnage.
In a fascinating fragrance the Sonnenuhr captures the essence of summer with meadow flowers, cornfields and ripe yellow fruit. On the palate ripe peaches and nectarines are served on a rich texture without exaggerated opulence. Delicate nuances of sweet spice and stony minerality add finesse and there is also enough acidity to give this Grosses Gewächs the classic Mosel vibrancy. 18/20 Jancis Robinson
Chamomile, fresh peach, ripe lemon, some spice, and is that a whiff of aniseed in the background? Flavours are set out so neatly, smooth and even ripeness, cool acidity, distinctly slaty texture, pulling a little more savoury on the long finish. How’s the purity? 95 points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Super fresh, flinty and fine aromas of lemon and grapefruit on offer, as well as wildflowers and stones. The palate has a smoothly resolved texture with supple, lemon and yellow-peach flavors. Long and even-handed finish. Great depth here. 95 points - Nick Stock
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