Weingut Loersch, Mosel, Germany
AWC Vienna: Best German Producer 2012
"A name to watch" - Mosel Fine Wines
 
 

Germany is the home the Riesling, probably the world’s finest grape varieties. The Loersch family from Trittenheim, Mosel has been making wines in the region for over 400 years. Young Alexander Loersch, who grows up in the vineyard, took over Weingut Loersch-Eifel from his father in 2002.

Reformation then takes place, results in international recognition. Alex sees keeping low yields and rigorous selections in the vineyards as the prerequisites to making a good wine. After harvesting by hand on the 60% gradient steep vineyards, the grapes are packed into small plastic boxes to avoid self-crushing during transportation, then pressed gently and fermented with wild yeast at low temperature. 
 
This family-run winery only makes a few hundred cases of each wine each year. Fresh, crispy, delicate and refine, Loersch-Eifel is about traditional Riesling producer answering the globe’s demand. Old Riesling fans or new to Riesling? You will both find joy and surprise from these bottles!
 

2012 “Vogelsang” Spätlese Trocken, Trittenheimer Apotheke
Dry version of late harvest Spätlese riesling 

Price: $240

Tasting Notes: Pure, precise, and intense, this shows all the hallmark of a great dry German Rieslings. Enjoy the vibrancy of the wine in its first 2 years, or wait for 5 more years for it to develop more mellowness and complexity. A great wine for those who are tired of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, but shy away from the residual sweetness of the German wines made in an off-dry style.
 
 

2012 “Devon Terrassen” Spätlese Trocken, Trittenheimer Apotheke
The flagship dry Riesling made by wines up to 100 years old

Price: $310

Tasting Notes: This is made from late harvest Spätlese grapes coming from vines of 60 to 100 years old in a subplot within the Apotheke vineyard. Alex made his “Vogelsang” and “Devon Terrassen” in identical ways but the results could not be more different. This wine is savory rather than fruity, comes with a heavier body, and there is a massive amounts of grape extracts and minerals on the palate and finish. Recommended with strong flavoured seafood, roasted poultry, hard Cheeses.
 
 

2016 Riesling 1.0, Trittenheimer Apotheke
DECO's Best Selling Riesling!

Price: $168 (1,000 ml)

Tasting Notes: From vineyards around the Trittenheimer village. This off-dry riesling is suitable for whole day drinking with your family and friends! This Lieblich Riesling expresses the essence of Mosel region and the purity of the variety Riesling. Racy, off dry, refreshing, limey and grapey, with touch of minerals, versatile to complement different varieties of dishes. 
 
 

2011 Kabinett, Trittenheimer Apotheke
Off dry Riesling from Trittenheimer Apotheke vineyard 

Price: $230

Tasting Notes: A refreshing mix of citrus fruits and slate minerals on the nose, and just enough substance and sweetness on the palate to carry it to the vibrant finish. Excellent on its own or to be enjoyed with seafood, salads, or lightly spiced cuisines. 
 
 

2014 Kabinett,Trittenheimer Apotheke
Off dry Riesling from Trittenheimer Apotheke vineyard 

Price: $190

Tasting Notes: A refreshing mix of citrus fruits and slate minerals on the nose, and just enough substance and sweetness on the palate to carry it to the vibrant finish. Excellent on its own or to be enjoyed with seafood, salads, or lightly spiced cuisines. 
 
 

2011 Old Vine Spätlese, Trittenheimer Apotheke
Off dry late-harvest riesling from Trittenheimer Apotheke vineyard

Price: $270

Tasting Notes: Spätlese is a step up from Kabinett in the German sweetness scale, and coming from 2009, a ripe vintage, this is a luscious wine to go with dried fruits, Soft Cheeses, light deserts, or to be aged for 5-10 years and then enjoyed with white meat dishes.
 
 
 

2010 Old Vine Auslese, Trittenheimer Apotheke
Selected late harvest grapes made by old vines (Alte Reben) from the Apotheke vineyard

Price: $340 (500 ml)

Auslese: means "select harvest"
Sweetness level: 83–110 Oechsle (191–260 g/l sugar)
Style: grapes are hand-selected and have noble rot
 
 
 
 

2012 Old Vine Auslese, Trittenheimer Apotheke
Selected late harvest grapes made by old vines (Alte Reben) from the Apotheke vineyard

Price: $290 (500 ml)

Auslese: means "select harvest"
Sweetness level: 83–110 Oechsle (191–260 g/l sugar)
Style: grapes are hand-selected and have noble rot
 
 

2012 Eiswein 12.12.12, Trittenheimer Apotheke 
Ice Wine (Eiswein) only produced in exceptional vintage 

Price: $550 (375 ml)

Yield: 10 hl/ha (very low yield!!)
Wine making: Heathly, non-botrytis grapes were selected and left on the wines to freeze during winter. On 12.12.12, the frozen grapes were hand picked, and pressed immediately. Sugars, and extracts from the grapes do not freeze, while water does. This allows a very concentrated grape must to be obtained as a lot of the water is excluded. Alexander only uses natural yeast fermentation, resulting in a refreshing desert wine with great complexity.
Production Volume: 500 bottles
 

2007 TBA, Trittenheimer Apotheke 
A Riesling for cellaring & collection! 

Price: $980 (375 ml)

Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA): means "dry berry select harvest"
Sweetness level: 150-154 Oechsle
Style: the most rare wine of the group made from raisinated grapes that dried out on the vine picked at 150-154 Oechsle.
 
 

2011 TBA, Trittenheimer Apotheke 
A Riesling for cellaring & collection! 

Price: $940 (375 ml)

Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA): means "dry berry select harvest"
Sweetness level: 150-154 Oechsle
Style: the most rare wine of the group made from raisinated grapes that dried out on the vine picked at 150-154 Oechsle.