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.
This precipitously steep, rocky vineyard consistently yields some of the most elegant and sophisticated white wines in the world. The rocky, blue Devonian slate soil of the “sundial” vineyard produces quintessential Mosel Riesling: delicate and refined, with racy minerality.
Auslese [OWS-lay-zuh] means “selected from the harvest,” and is a luscious, limitedproduction sweet wine made from very ripe clusters that are about 50 percent affected by botrytis. The botrytis mold, (aka “Noble Rot”) draws moisture from the grapes, dehydrating them and concentrating the juice. The resulting wine is dense, intensely flavored and rich on the palate, but even at the Auslese level, the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard retains the elegant structure that is characteristic of this great site.