Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Spätlese
Schloss Lieser

Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Spätlese,



Schloss Lieser, Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Spätlese, 2011

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Schloss Lieser, Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Spätlese, 2011

This has everything you would hope for from a Mosel - intense, pure, crystal clear flavours, so moreish and refreshing, notes of red apple, sea salt, crystallised citrus fruit. As aromatic and generous as this is for a Juffer Sonnenuhr it maintains a wonderful precision. The high slate content of the Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr vineyard produces wines of remarkable finesse and minerality, whilst reserved in their youth they maintain great freshness and elegance with age. Thomas Haag of Schloss rates the 2011s highly: "They should age very well, a little different to classic vintages because of slightly lower acidity, they are similar to 2007 but purer. It is such an elegant vintage because of the lack of botrytis."

David Schildknecht, Vinous
Smoky and stony notes vie for attention with scents of very ripe pear and pink grapefruit, banana and mango. That gaudy fruitiness is accentuated by prominent sweetness on a flatteringly silken, subtly glossy palate, but there is just enough sense of juiciness to convey a refreshingly sorbet-like impression. Like its Niederberg Helden counterpart, this finishes with a wafting sense of delicacy, but here there is the aforementioned refreshment, the sweetness is better integrated, and a nip of ginger and hint of nutty piquancy lend a welcome modicum of invigoration.
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Schloss Lieser

Schloss Lieser

This Estate is one of the new stars of the Mosel that in Thomas Haag (son of Wilhelm at Fritz Haag), has one of Germany’s brightest up and coming winemakers. His prime plots of land are in the top due south-facing Niederberg Helden vineyard of Lieser. Though just a few hundred metres from his father’s Brauneberg vineyards, the heavy thicker set grey/blue slate of the Helden vineyard produces heavier wines that sometimes require more initial bottle bottle age before showing their true colours. Rigorous work in the vineyard and microscopic attention to detail in his cellars, guarantee a consistent production of good wines in poor years and outstanding wines in great years. In fact, Thomas can regularly claim to have the Mosel’s lowest yields. Since 2004, Thomas has been exploiting some vines in the famous Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr vineyard, given to him by his father Wilhelm Haag of the Fritz Haag estate.

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