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 estate has been in the same family for over 200 years, located in far western Germany, the Mosel valley creates the perfect climate for one of the best German Rieslings, giving the wines ideal exposure to the sun. The cool climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly while retaining bright acidity.
This is one of the best fortified wine you can experience, however, if you are just starting to explore it, then Dr. Loosen wines are a perfect starting point for education. One can literally taste through a map of the Mosel River side by side and appreciate the differences these sites have to offer. More importantly, the value for money they offer is incredible. The stony slate soil that can be seen on the surface of the vineyard reflects sunlight to the grapes during the day and at the same time stores a large part of the heat. This is slowly released to the lower soil layers, which creates a very balanced heat balance for the wines even in the cooler nights. The slate is very rich in potassium and therefore a rich, natural source of minerals, which produced a fine natural wine.
”A great wine is created in the head.” – Ernst Loosen