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Dr Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese, 75cl

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Mosel, Germany

The Spätlese (late picked) designation means that the grapes get an extra week or two of hang time, which helps them develop higher ripeness levels and deeper flavours than the Kabinett wine. This wine from a truly ‘grand cru’ vineyard in the village of Erden, is a fruit-driven Riesling that combines extraordinary concentration and length with a bracing minerality. The site was rated as a ‘First Vineyard’ (Erste Lage) in the 1868 Prussian classification of the Mosel and has iron rich, red slate soils which influence the finished wine's structure, giving it more weight and power. Medium-sweet although the acidity never makes it feel too rich, the wine shows notes of both dark fruits, like blackcurrant, alongside grapefruit and lime.