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Your L word this February: Loosen

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The 2021 vintage for Germany’s Mosel is a return to a classic style of Riesling – crisp, energetic wines with a structure framed by wonderful mineral freshness. Even at the lower end, these are white wines that will age and develop in complexity if afforded the time. There are not many other categories of white wine that offer the class and affordability that German Riesling does. Our L word this February is not ‘love’, but we do have plenty of love for it: Loosen.

Dear Reader,

Kabinett is the lightest style of Riesling, made from grapes that have a sweetness level of between 148 –188 grams of residual sugar per litre. This style of Riesling can range from dry to off-dry.

Dr. Loosen produces Riesling from some of the most coveted vineyards in Mosel, and the below six-bottle case covers three of these vineyards, all from the 2021 vintage and all Kabinett.

Dr. Loosen
Erdener Treppchen
Riesling Kabinett 2021
VDP. Grosse Lage Mosel
Alc. 8.5%

2 x bottles

Dr. Loosen
Ürziger Würzgarten
Riesling Kabinett 2021
VDP. Grosse Lage Mosel
Alc. 8%

2 x bottles

Dr. Loosen
Wehlener Sonnenuhr
Riesling Kabinett 2021
VDP. Grosse Lage Mosel
Alc. 8.5%

2 x bottles

R 1,710
per six-bottle mixed case

On the drier side and perfect for everyday enjoyment, we have another case on offer.

The Red Slate (or ”Rotschiefer” in German) Riesling is produced from various parcels in the Middle Mosel, rich in red slate. Matured in large oak barrels, this blended Riesling is very expressive but also quite taut and lean in structure.

Dr. L is essentially a négociant arm of Dr. Loosen. Brothers Ernst and Thomas work with small growers throughout the Mosel region to source fruit for an introductory range of wines, which are vinified by the same highly skilled cellar team that produces the Dr. Loosen estate wines. Very strict quality standards require that the growers improve their viticulture in order to sustainably grow the healthy, perfectly ripe fruit that Ernst and Thomas want for these wines.

So, go on! Get yourself some Dr. Loosen Riesling and join us for the tasting – the rabbit hole is deep, but it’s a wonderful journey.

Loosen Bros.
Dr. L 2021
Mosel Qualitätswein
Alc. 8.5%

3 x bottles

Dr. Loosen
Red Slate 2021
Riesling Trocken (Dry)
Mosel Qualitätswein
Alc. 12%

3 x bottles

R 1,332
per six-bottle mixed case

Browse all Dr. Loosen wines on our website

Dr. Loosen Riesling Tasting

Join to taste the new arrivals from this iconic Mosel estate

2021 Dr. L. Riesling
2021 Riesling “Red Slate” Trocken
2021 Riesling “Erdener Treppchen” Kabinett
2020 Riesling “Erdener Treppchen” Spätlese
2019 Riesling “Erdener Treppchen” Auslese
2020 Riesling “Kinheimer Rosenberg” Trocken Grosses Gewächs
2020 Riesling “Graacher Domprobst” Trocken Grosses Gewächs
2020 Riesling “Graacher Himmelreich” Trocken Grosses Gewächs

Price indicated below includes all wines.
There is no meal included. Please make your own plans for dinner.

R 595 per person
Price includes all wines and some palate cleansers.

Limited to 24 people

Thursday 30 March 2023
18:00 start
Great Domaines
2 Jameson Avenue
Melrose Estate
Johannesburg 2196

R 220 per person
Price includes a 50ml serving per wine, any time between 18:00 – 20:00.

Walk-around format

Thursday 16 March 2023
Between 18:00 – 20:00
Culture Wine Bar
The Wine Library
103 Bree Street
Cape Town 8001