Schloss Lieser, Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany, 2014 through Merchant of Wine.

Schloss Lieser, Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany, 2014

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Overview of the Wine
Schloss Lieser is known as one of the most striking buildings in the Middle Mosel. This beautiful Neo-Renaissance castle was built in 1875 for petroleum magnate Eduard Puricelli on a former church site. Clemens Freiherr von Schorlemer-Lieser, a German politician and Prussian Minister of Agriculture, married Puricelli’s daughter and sole heiress Maria Puricelli and took up residence in the Schloss in 1880.

Today they own 25 hectares of eight Grosse Lagen (Grand Crus) spread over 185 different plots. Schloss Lieser enjoys the topmost rating in Germany’s several wine guides, the most widely respected of which, the Vinum Weinguide Deutschland, rates only two estates in the Greater Mosel five stars out of five: Schloss Lieser and Egon Müller!

“Everything is handpicked,” says Thomas. “The goal is always to do as little as possible in the vineyards in terms of intervention.” Lara and Niklas represent the next generation of Schloss Lieser will join their parents at the estate. Both Lara and Niklas studied at Geisenheim University in the Rheingau, the top wine-making school in Germany. Niklas has two years left at Geisenheim and is focused on production, while his older sister Lara has already graduated and is working at the estate.

In the cellar the philosophy is very clear: We make the wines with the highest quality fruit we possibly can. Only top sites can produce great wines. In the cellar, the fermentations are always spontaneous. This is how we like our Mosel Rieslings and we feel it’s an important part of our style. We almost always use stainless steel, except for cooler vintages where we employ some oak. We don’t do macerations and we strive to do our pressing when it’s cool. We press always with low pressure as we want the wines to be fine and elegant, preferring the structure of the wines to come from extended lees contact rather than maceration or phenolics from pressing. We don’t filter the juice and do a sedimentation as we want to see relatively clear juice going into the fermentation tank.

Grape / Blend
Riesling

Origin
Nahe, Germany

Tasting Notes
In the scent aromas of white peaches, exotic fruits, mirabelle plums, full on the palate, but nevertheless with infinite elegance and tremendous finesse. A highly elegant late harvest with an enormous wealth of aromas.

Product size: 750ml
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