For the complexity and quality of this Dr Loosen Beerenauslese, it is an utter, utter bargain. Beerenauslese for those not particularly familiar with German wine laws – something I am still coming to grips with – fortunately I have another 10 months before that exam – is produced from riesling that has ordinarily experienced “noble rot” (i.e. botrytis) and has a minimum must weight of 110-128c oechsle. Oechsle, in short, is a German measure for sugar levels in grape juice. My experience with these wines – which is reasonably limited – is that they have been uniformly outstanding.
The 2006 vintage of Dr Loosen’s Beerenauslese from the Mosel is a pale intensity golden colour that is clear, rather than bright, in the glass. It has a pronounced intensity of fragrance that is developed and evocative of honey, lemons and marmalade. Sweet on the palate, the wine retains its high acidity and therefore is not cloying, and has medium body, with flavours of honey, marmalade and ripe white nectarines accompanied by long length, and extraordinarily low alcohol. This is simply an outstanding wine due to its quality of fruit, balance and length. 95 points (outstanding)
Price: $66 (half bottle)
Vendors: Dan Murphy’s
Tasted: July 2012