2015 Dr Loosen Erdener Pralat Grosses Gewachs Reserve Riesling

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One of the Riesling world's greatest vineyards, this tiny Reserve release intrigues with its power, silky spice and epic layers of complexity.

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Out of Ernie Loosen’s stunning trio of Reserve dry Riesling expressions, the Erdener Pralat is undoubtedly the Big Kahuna.

From the unusual red slate of the Mosel’s greatest vineyard, these century old vines have outlasted World Wars and only make wine of stunning depth.

Always powerfully built, the extra time and care in ageing add layers of silky texture, spice and complexity to the vineyard’s signature exotic fruit echoes of cut pineapple and mango. Magnificent now, and will only blossom further as it evolves.

The Erdener Pralat is a tiny, south facing vineyard right on the Mosel river, protected by heat retaining red slate cliffs. Considered as one of the greatest vineyards in the Mosel, this 1.6 hectare plot consists of ungrafted 100 to 120 year old vines planted on iron-rich red slate.

This special Reserve bottling is given additional time in both barrel and bottle compared to the 'standard' Alte Reben (old vine) GG wine.

Native yeast fermentation in 1000 litre oak fuder barrel, 24 months ageing on the lees and a further 24 months bottle maturation before release.

99 Points - "This dry Mosel masterpiece is a sleeping giant, just beginning to awaken, but has decades of life ahead of it. Extremely deep and concentrated, but no less finely delineated, this is so complex you could spend hours studying all the spicy details. However, the ripe-mango note that dominates the foreground is also ravishing. The best wine of this category (long matured GGs) made so far in Germany! Drink or hold. " - Stuart Pigott (James Suckling)

96 Points - "The 2015 Erdener Prälat Riesling Alte Reben GG is very clear and intense on the nose, where tropical fruit flavors intertwine with smoky red slate, herbal and lemon aromas. This Riesling is full-bodied, rich and lush, but fresh and highly finessed on the palate. This is a very complex and tightly woven, pure and salty, but nevertheless aromatic Riesling; it has concentrated yellow plum and stone fruit aromas. The finish is gorgeous for intellectual wine lovers, as well as for hedonists. The Prälat, though located straight under Loosen's old vines Treppchen plot and closer to the Mosel river, seems even purer and finer than the Treppchen GG, which is more lush and creamy, showing more tannins. This is an amazing Riesling and the finest dry Prälat I have probably ever tasted. It is ready to drink, but folks, don't be foolish! Keep it for years and drink it as many times as possible. Just one fuder produced, so less than 1,000 liters." - Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate)

17 Points - "Gentle aromas of melissa and citrus fruit mix it on the nose. There is no doubt about the extract on the palate, reflected by a rich texture, bordering onto oily. A hint of citrus peel brings a refreshing edge to a quite sweet Grosses Gewächs. " - Michael Schmidt (JancisRobinson.com)

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