The first wine in the Fritz Haag range this year that contains any botrytised fruit. Powerful and simply dazzling. As much as there is the nobly -rotted richness of honey, apricot jam, dried peach and nectarine flavours there is a remarkable lemon rind freshness combined with a scintillating salt and slate character. Top notch Auslese, this is expansive, multi-layered and very well balanced. Oliver Haag likes the 2011 vintage, the wines are ripe but also fairly classic "they have acidity in background that keeps them lively". The exceptional stony grey/blue slate vineyard of the Juffer in Brauneberg has soils with some of the highest slate content in the Mosel, Oliver Haag of Fritz Haag exploits the finest part of these vines, a large parcel surrounding the sun dial (Sonnenuhr). The high slate content gives wines that are some of the region's most refined, a little reserved in their youth these blossom with age and unravel into some of Germany's most moreish Rieslings.
Wilhelm Haag is characterised not only by his humour, friendliness and bone-crushing handshake but also by his passion for wine – highlighted by his still unwaivering 20 year long stint as chairman of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer VDP. There is no doubt he is in the top tier of quality German wine production. He manipulates the exceptional stony grey/blue slate vineyard of the Juffer in Brauneberg, the finest part of this being a large parcel surrounding the sun dial (Sonnenuhr). Depending on the vintage, he employs a varying mixture of wooden fuders and temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks, the former helping complexity and finesse, the latter preserving freshness and intensity. These are some of the most elegant, pure and enticing wines in Germany. One of Wilhelm's sons, Oliver, is now over-seeing production at the estate
The vineyards along the steep sided banks of the Mosel river, part of the region known as the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, are known for being some of the hardest vineyards in the world to work (due to their steepness) and home to some of the finest white wines in the world. Riesling is king in this cool region that follows the twists and turns of the River Mosel providing myriad different terroirs and vineyard aspects.