A deeper colour than the Kabinett betrays a touch of botyrtis, as does the complexity and richness of the palate, but it still retains a bright green tinge and notable freshness. Fleshy unctuous flavours combined with notes of salt and slate, fragrant and full flavours abound - notes of elderflower, deep golden fruits, mirabelle and ripe sweet apples, complex but thick set, this will reward some cellaring.
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.