Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs
    Schloss Lieser

    Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs,



    Schloss Lieser, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs, 2016

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Schloss Lieser, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs, 2016
    David Schildknecht, Vinous
    Site-typical scents of apple and vanilla set the tone for the juicy, bitter-edged performance on a polished palate more expansive and a bit less firm than that of the other Schloss Lieser 2016 vintage Grosse Gewächse. This finishes with impressive persistence of fruit and wet stone but, for now at least, without the animating and refreshing brightness or the sense of energy that informed those immediate siblings. Haag’s parcels in this prestigious vineyard are superbly located, and the scrupulousness of his team’s approach both in the vineyard and in the cellar is assured. Perhaps the wine just needs more time in bottle. And yet I don’t find traits that prompt me to think “long keeper.”
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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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