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Heymann-Löwenstein Schieferterrassen Riesling
A cuvée of premier cru vineyards in the family’s home village of Winningen, supplemented by a small proportion from the grands crus. These vineyards all have the strong character and identity of the Terrassenmosel. The composition of the wine is the same every year: parcels in “Erste Lagen” Hamm and Bruckstuck, combined with declassified grand-cru fruit. The vineyards are all terraced, steep and slate-driven, all farmed purely by hand with exceptionally low yields. Then you have the individual site’s contribution, such as Hamm’s floral characters but also earthy, slaty touch. To get this wine is to get this producer, as our pre-eminent wine scribe Ed Merrison is at pains to point out. “Equal parts intellectual and visceral – it is an estatic expression of the dizzying slate slopes of the Terrassenmosel”.
The 2018 Riesling Schieferterrassen comes exclusively from the Winningen single vineyards Brückstück and Hamm. The wine displays a yeasty bouquet with a delicate, crystalline slate aroma and intense yet elegant and refined fruit. Fresh and pure on the palate, this is a linear, refined and clear dry Riesling with fine tannin grip and a very good, intense and stimulatingly salty finish. The wine is light to medium-bodied but has remarkable intensity. This is a stunning wine for such a warm and dry vintage. “The must weights weren’t that high and the acidity not that low,” says Sarah Löwenstein. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.
92 points. Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate
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