eiswein

A frozen cluster of Riesling grapes, ready to be harvested for Eiswein.

EISWEIN

Another of nature’s rare and wonderful gifts in our area is Eiswein (literally “ice wine”). We hold aside certain plots of vines, hoping for a deep enough freeze (minimum –8° C, or 17° F) to harvest frozen grapes. These grapes are picked in the wee hours of the morning and pressed while they are still frozen, to slowly squeeze out a few drops of precious nectar (the water stays behind as ice). The result is a vibrant, racy dessert wine that is strikingly different from the rounder, more honeyed style of the botrytis wines.

spatlese

Our naturally low-yielding old vines in Ürziger Würzgarten produce small, seedless grapes, such as these, that will become our auction Spätlese.

VDP Auction Bottlings

The VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter) is Germany’s most highly-regarded growers association, limited to about 200 of the finest producers from throughout the country. In the Mosel region there are more than 5,000 wine estates, but only 30 of them are members of the VDP. Each year, this elite group holds a special auction of their finest, most limited-production wines. For that auction, we make two wines at Dr. Loosen. Each of these wines is identified by a special VDP sticker on the bottle.

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Gold Capsule. Our first auction wine is a special selection of very ripe, non-botrytis grapes from our very oldest vines in the Ürziger Würzgarten vineyard, which are well over 100 years old. These ancient vines naturally produce less fruit, with smaller clusters and a preponderance of “hens and chicks” clusters. We select only the tiny, extremely concentrated “chicks” to produce a wine that is extraordinarily precise and pure.

Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese Long Gold Capsule. From our very best vineyard, this is a tiny production of a high-end dessert wine made with a Beerenauslese-style selection of fully affected botrytis grapes. The wine is enormously ripe, with complex layers of fruit, and astonishing richness on the palate and a long, long finish that is both powerful and elegant.

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