2019 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Grosses Gewachs Riesling

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Fancy drinking dry German Riesling from some of the world's oldest vines? Planted over a century ago, this Loosen gem is powerful, ripe and lusciously full bodied with exotic tropical fruit.

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Despite being German Riesling’s de facto global ambassador for decades now, Ernie Loosen’s intense passion still shines in the distinction and detail in his wines.

Take the alluringly named Spice Garden vineyard, where 100-year-old vines grow on steep slopes of pulverised red volcanic rock.

Ripe and lusciously full bodied, there’s honey, cut pineapple and mango fruit seamlessly balanced by a herbal smokiness and an impossibly racy acid thread.

The Wurzgarten vineyard sits behind the village of Urzig (oo-rt-zig). Translating as Spice garden, its wines are distinctly rich with exotic tropical and stone fruit, accented by warm spice and floral honeyed notes.

It's a natural amphitheatre, catching the sun on a south facing bend in the river. This Alte Reben GG bottling comes from a parcel of ungrafted, 100 old vines grown on red volcanic sandstone.

Native yeast fermentation takes place in old 1000 litre fuder casks, matured on lees for 12 months, with no batonnage.

97 Points - "From volcanic soils, the 2019 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling GG Alte Reben is beautifully clear, fresh and subtle on the precise and highly finessed bouquet of slate, iodine and herbal scents. The warm and elegant Riesling fruit intertwined with very fine herbal notes represents the very best of this exceptional grand cru in its original, much smaller size. Almost entirely sourced from the Urglück, this is a lush and intense, enormously powerful yet restrained and slatey Würzgarten GG with crystalline acidity that leads to a long, intense and still slightly astringent finish with refreshing lemon features. This wine is still developing and has the potential to become another giant of the vintage. Tasted at the domain in September 2020." - Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate)

96 Points - "This is an extrovert Mosel GG with a ton of spice and berry aromas that are just beginning to open up. At once succulent and elegant on the palate, it manages to be complex and easy to understand, the finish very long and pure. Drink or hold." - Stuart Pigott (James Suckling)

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