A powerful wine, there is lots of extract evident here, it is so concentrated and compact that it needs time to open up, after some coaxing this eventually exhibits a plethora of haunting mirabelle, honey peach, stone and slate characteristics defined by a gentle tannic framework. The Goldtropfchen, thanks to its rich grey slate soils, fine aspect and protection from cold northern air by the north facing Trittenheim slopes behind it, is one of the great vineyards of the Mosel. Here the river's influence is stronger than anywhere else in the Mosel too Johannes Haart describes 2011 as "a warm vintage rof ich powerful wines, but with more aroma, elegance and minerals than 2009."
Owner and winemaker Théo Haart manipulates one of the region’s best vineyards, the Goldtröpfchen. Increasingly his son Johannes is takeing the reins. The wines are fermented in wild yeasts and mainly steel tanks with a touch of old oak ageing. The resulting ferments are slow and reductive, rather in the style of Prum and the wines, whilst closed in the first year or two of their life, age extremely well. With this young winemaker at the helm this estate has a bright future. JPiesporter Goldtropfchen is one of the Mosel's finest vineyards, its sunny exposition and strong slate content gives wines of full bodied, ripe fruit flavours yet very strong minerally character at the same time. Johannes is exploiting this wonderful terroir to the max.
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.