Sometimes something is in the air. A few days ago I realised that we actually never reviewed a wine made by Reinhard Löwenstein. And as it so happened a bottle of his Riesling found itself uncorked last weekend - and not only here in London, but also in Munich where fellow Wine Rambler Julian enjoyed a 2004 Heymann-Löwenstein (we did not coordinate this). Read his excellent review of a gorgeous wine, especially as it will tell you why you should keep an eye on this extraordinary winery. As Julian has already set the context, I can keep this review of the more basic 2008 Schieferterrassen Riesling rather short.
Do not be fooled, however, when I say 'more basic'. Compared to the gorgeous monster Julian had enjoyed a few days earlier, the Schieferterrassen Riesling does indeed appear to be somewhat simpler - it is, after all, part of the cheaper range of Heymann-Löwenstein wines. But is is simple? Not at all. This is an elegant, uncompromising Riesling, focussed and very well structured. Lots of apple and stone fruit, mixed with herbs and a rougher vegetable earthiness - and zingy minerality all over your tongue. This Riesling is dry and sharp and I regret only having ordered one bottle!