With the 2009
vintage, we have modified
the interpretation at Dr.
Loosen. In the past, our
"regular" Auslese was
botrytis free, and botrytisaffected
reserved for the Auslese
Goldkapsel. But higher average ripeness levels have blurred the
line between Spätlese and Auslese. So beginning with this
vintage, we now produce our Auslese from the first botrytis
selection, creating a clearer distinction between fully ripe,
botrytis-free Spätlese and extra-ripe, botrytis-affected Auslese.
The 2009 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese shows no obvious
botrytis, but is exceptionally ripe and rich. You get classic
peach and apricot in ample helpings as the wine's lush texture
wraps itself around your palate. Juicy acidity and crisp, clean
apple on the finish leave you almost guilty for such pleasure.