The Sonnenuhr (“Sundial”) vineyard is a precipitously steep, rocky site that consistently yields some of the most elegant white wines in the world. Auslese (“selective late-harvest”) indicates very ripe grapes as well as some with a touch of botrytis. Pair this wine with fruit-based desserts or with semi-soft cheeses like blue cheese.
The Dr Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. Located in far western Germany, the Mosel valley’s steep, south-facing 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. If Riesling has never appealed then Dr Loosen’s range is a perfect starting point for education. One can literally taste through a map of the Mosel River side by side. Then really focus and appreciate the differences these sites have to offer. More importantly, the value for money they offer is incredible.