Carl Loewen Vineyard Mittel Mosel
Karl-Josef Loewen has been a champion of the very good Laurentiuslay vineyard which lies at the heart of his 12 ha estate. Here he produces Rieslings with lovely finesse and expression: minerally and spicy with a suggestion of elderflower. They are also characterised by excellent balance and length of flavour.
Bottlings from individually numbered casks can be exceptionally good. Varidor is a dry generic Riesling while an Alte Reben (old vine) version is also dry, if full and more New World-like. There is also a bright intense fruit in the wines from the under-rated Thörnicher Ritsch. When conditions permit he produces a splendid classy Leiwener Klostergarten Eiswein, with an interplay of preserved citrus and tropical fruit flavours. This, like all the wines, is very fairly priced.
To find out more about Carl Loewen and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to Germany..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)