Leiwener Laurentiuslay Alte Reben Riesling Trocken, Loewen
Soil: Grey Slate
Production: Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tank
Alcohol: 12. %
Portions of the Laurentiuslay vineyard are quite rocky, with its 40 to 80 percent slope rises in some places over the Mosel and is visible from far away, the Mosel downhill. Therefore, the vines are unshaded and benefit in their south-southwest orientation almost all day long from intense sunlight – the climate is hot but still well ventilated by the open position of the GL. The gray Devoschiefer also stores the heat throughout the day and gives it to the vines at night.
Press & Reviews
These septuagenarian vines in the Leiwener Klostergarten, unlike younger ones around them, did not succumb to the April frost, explained Loewen senior, because they were behind in flowering. White peach and lime are tinged with crushed stone on the nose. There is a palpable sense of midpalate density, but, at just 12% alcohol, no sense of weightiness. The feel is flatteringly satiny, which, along with a cooling green herbal aura, helps assuage the invigoratingly piquant notes of seed and pit. Smoky, pithy and glowingly piquant, the finish prominently features black tea and peach kernel, while preserving juicy lime and peach flesh. Although this tastes dry, I have little doubt that its 10 grams of residual sugar (which qualify it legally as borderline halbtrocken) play a positive role in supporting its fruity aspects and warding off austerity, as well as in guaranteeing just a little bit less alcohol and consequently enhancing buoyancy.