Lieser Niederberg Helden, Riesling, Auslese
Schloss Lieser

Lieser Niederberg Helden, Riesling, Auslese,

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Schloss Lieser, Lieser Niederberg Helden, Riesling, Auslese, 2012

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Schloss Lieser, Lieser Niederberg Helden, Riesling, Auslese, 2012

There is no botrytis in this cuvee, only healthy grapes, harvested as usual from a single plot of old vines at the top of the hill grown on very fine slate. Taking a little initial coaxing this wonderfully fine Niederberg Helden opens up with a with a nose of fine slate and a gentle touch of the trademark earthy Niederberg character. Notes of orange, mandarin juice and yellow plum appear on the palate. Not really much of a bigger wine than the Spätlese, but showing even greater finesse and delicacy; indeed it is more of a plot selection than a wine of extra sugar content. Long and refreshing; an Auslese of immense poise and grace. Really superb.

ABV:
7%
94/100
Joel Payne, Vinous
Pale golden yellow. Rich aromas of mango, passion fruit, clove and lemon oil. Baked pineapple and glazed honey flavors are kept in perfect balance by understated salinity. Hints of caramel and brown spices add complexity to the sublime finish, which is animated by a keen blade of slate. This is my favorite of the estate's ausleses in this vintage.
Date Reviewed:
01/2014

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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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