Dr Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling is produced exclusively from grapes grown in estate-owned vineyards in Erden and Urzig which are characterised as having iron-rich red slate soil. It is classified as a trocken, i.e. dry riesling.
The Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen (pronounced loh-zen) assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. To achieve this, Ernst dramatically reduced his crop size and stopped all chemical fertilization, preferring only moderate use of organic fertilizers. And, most importantly, he turned to gentler cellar practices that allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of handling and technological meddling. Dr Loosen is consistently ranked among the top ten wine estates in Germany, alongside such renowned producers as J.J. Prüm, Fritz Haag, Egon Müller, Robert Weil and Hermann Dönnhoff.
The Mosel’s steep, south facing slopes and the proximity of the river create a perfect microclimate for Riesling. The vines get ideal exposure to the sun for excellent ripeness. Cool nights, even in the middle of summer maintain the racy acidity in the grapes that is essential for clean, crisp Riesling. The river reflects sunlight and holds heat to help ripen the fruit and protect the vines from freezing. Stony slate soil and numerous rocky outcroppings also hold the heat of the day and ensure full ripeness. Thin topsoil forces the vines to dig deep for nutrients producing intensely minerally and vibrant wines. All vinificulture is substainable, according to strict German environmental regulations.
Dr Loosen Red Slate Dry Riesling is fermented using native yeast in 3000 Litre neutral oak casks and is matured on the full lees for 8-12 month before bottling. The extended lees contact stabilizes the wine naturally and gives it time to develop a harmonious balance.
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.