Category Archives: Riesling

Feb 02 2015

The Magical Wines of Mosel’s Dr. Loosen: Prince Wine Store Tasting

Posted on February 02, 2015 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Last Friday the new Prince Wine Store in Sydney hosted a very special tasting of rieslings from some of the world’s top winemakers and emerging stars, most of whom had come to Australia for Melbourne’s Riesling Downunder extravaganza.

One of the highlights of the tasting was the opportunity to meet one of the major stars of the German wine industry, the very personable Erni Loosen of Dr. Loosen in Mosel.

Like pinot noir, riesling is a grape capable of doing a brilliant job at expressing the sense of place, and the wines of Dr. Loosen are unmistakably the product of the very special Mosel terroir.

Dr. Loosen has over 25 hectares of south-facing vineyards in Middle Mosel, spread across some of the most spectacular and steepest vineyard terrain in the world. Here the soil is a mix of pulverised volcanic rock and broken-down red and blue slate over a hard slate base.

Interestingly, the composition of the top soils can vary markedly according to the vineyard’s altitude and its location along the Mosel River. Over the last few decades, Erni has invested a great deal of energy in nurturing the very best fruit from his labour-intensive vineyards. Organic fertilisers, restricted crop size and careful fruit selection are just some of the practices employed to ensure that even the most subtle differences in terroir are expressed in his range of sophisticated, single vineyard wines.

Loosen VineyardThe Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett 2012 for example, which was one of the highlights of the tasting, comes from Bernkasteler Lay, a Grand Cru vineyard that hugs the slopes of the Mosel River near Bernkasteler Village.

Here ungrafted vines of up to 70 years of age are grown on soils of predominately blue slate that are deeper and heavier than in the neighbouring villages. It’s … Read the rest

Jun 06 2014

Australian Riesling: The Best Value Wine Variety/Style in the World!

Posted on June 06, 2014 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown considers South Australian riesling one of the world’s best value wines

The Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown recently wrote that “If I had to name a best value wine grape/style from Australia that readers will find hard to beat with competition from anywhere else is the wine world, it is undoubtedly South Australian riesling.” (Lisa Perrotti Brown, Australian Wine Values: Everyone Loves a Bargain, Wine Advocate, May 2014)

Her thoughts must have seemed like music to the ears of South Australian riesling producers at a time when the high Australian dollar and heated competition from lower priced competition have hurt Australian wine exports.

Perrotti-Brown believes that one of the reasons why riesling is a bit of an unsung hero is because some people, including myself I admit, find riesling  less approachable than more popular white wine varieties like sauvignon blanc and chardonnay.

Riesling wonderfully complements Thai and Vietnamese food

Riesling is a wine that is probably best appreciated with food. No so long ago, my husband and I enjoyed a David Franz Eden Vally Riesling 2013 over dinner at fermentAsian on a trip to the Barossa Valley. Its lime juice aromatics, mouth coating texture, complex citrus flavours and balanced acidity was a perfect match for the delightfully fragrant and deliciously flavourful Vietnamese inspired food. (David Franz is the son of Peter Lehmann, who also designs the most exquisite labels for his artisan wines.)

Perrotti-Brown argues that one of the upsides of rieslings limited popularity is that you have to be “a complete riesling-nut to want to grow it, which keeps the benchmark high.” Lower demand also helps to ensure good availability for even the finest examples and  tends to keep prices down.

Australia is the world’s second largest producer of riesling

Australia is the second largest … Read the rest