2017 Heymann-Lowenstein 'Schieferterassen' Riesling
Heymann-Lowenstein is one of the true innovators of the German wine scene. And by innovator, we mean he does things the way they were done two hundred years ago.
From his steep, terraced vineyards in Winnigen – on the far end of the Mosel, near where it meets the Rhine – he fashions wines that are dry but never austere. They eschew the classic nomenclature of the German pradikat system. They are simply what they are – a perfect representation of the magnificent slate soils from which they came.
The Schieferterassen (terraces of slate) is made with grapes taken from a selection of premier and grand cru sites across the three slate types of the region – blue, grey and red. In that way it is perhaps the most representative wine of the estate. Like most of his wines, it contains around 10% botrytis and ends up at around 12% alcohol after a very long, slow, natural ferment.