In 1980 Reinhard Löwenstein and his wife Cornelia Heymann set up Weingut Heymann Lowenstein. The Lowenstein family have been in Winnigen since 1520 and that is where this “new” estate is based too. They have 13 hectares of terraced vineyards in 7 different types of slate. The wine style is dry, powerful, textural and full of personality. They are made to age for the long-term.
Schieferterrassen combines multiple sites to make their ‘house style’. Always reflective of the vintage, when young it shows florals, talc, melons, spice. With age, the flavours evolve towards nuts, butter and more savoury things.
The most notable of a star list of German Riesling producing regions. The steep sun-drenched hills get the fruit ripe while the cold climate allows for a long growing season that maintains acidity and mature flavours. Sugar is left in the wines the balance out the acid and the fruit Kabinett and late picked Spatlese can finish dry and savoury. The sweeter Auslese, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese are all exercises in intensity and complexity.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.