Posts with the label "fritz haag"


The VDP Grosses Gewachs Preview 2019

The VDP Grosses Gewachs Preview 2019

Friday 6th September 2019
by Mark Dearing

Here Comes the Sonnenuhr

Here comes the sun (doo doo doo)
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right

If there was such a thing, then The Beatles’ 1969 single “Here Comes the Sun” is surely the soundtrack for vintage 2018 in Germany.

The Vintage Report: Germany 2017

The Vintage Report: Germany 2017

Tuesday 28th August 2018
by Julian Campbell

Surprisingly good 2017s…a vintage to woo and charm, from intense Grosses Gewachs, to kaleidoscopic TBAs….


2017 was a vintage that threw up its fair share of challenges across Germany’s various winemaking regions– a summer like spring causing a super early start, frost, troubled flowering, hail for the unlucky, and early onset botrytis forcing a highly selective and early harvest.  Despite these conditions the ingenious Riesling grape, particularly in the hands of Germany’s greatest growers, by and large fared amazingly well. There are very many wines here that will not look out of place when viewed next to their sibling vintages of ’16 and ’15 – albeit in a markedly different style. And after all, isn’t that why we buy these wines year in and year out?

Germany 2016: Welcome to Wiesbaden…

Germany 2016: Welcome to Wiesbaden…

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Mark Dearing

The annual preview of the latest VDP Grosses Gewachs (GGs) in Wiesbaden is widely considered the best and most comprehensive dry Riesling tasting in the world. 

Invitations are scarce and attendees hand-picked to ensure that the Kurhaus Kolonnade is for three days a year filled with the world’s leading German wine experts. Justerini & Brooks was privileged to be invited this year to join for an in-depth look at the latest releases from all over Germany.

With impeccable organisation, the tasting is conducted in perfect conditions. Approximately 500 wines are submitted for tasting, comprising all the major German grape varieties, meticulously arranged in flights organised by region, village and individual vineyards. Over the three days, I focused on 2016 GG Rieslings from the Nahe, Rheinhessen and Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, as well as the latest 2015 Spatburgunders from the Rheingau, Baden and Pfalz.

Germany 2015: Day One - Zilliken, Von Schubert & Fritz Haag

Germany 2015: Day One - Zilliken, Von Schubert & Fritz Haag

Friday 16th October 2015
by Julian Campbell

Germany’s greatest winemaking regions make for an extremely memorable visit, particularly when, as was the case last week, the October weather is providing blue skies and sunshine from day break to sunset. 

Conditions as harvest approached were near perfect – warm yet fresh days and cool nights of low single-figure temperatures.  It was to be the largest group of employees we have ever taken abroad, testament to the great love the Justerinis team has for top quality German wine. 

Vintage Report: Germany 2012, “grace and flavour”

Vintage Report: Germany 2012, “grace and flavour”

Wednesday 3rd July 2013
by Julian Campbell

Germany's great wine making regions make for a glorious buying trip when the sun is shining. When we arrived in the middle of June the sun unfortunately wasn't. 

Indeed, parts of the Rheingau had recently seen serious flooding. But nevertheless, the growers we visited, the elite by anybody's books, were cheeringly upbeat. As Carl von Schubert put, 'Riesling is the most innovative weed there is, capable of coping with even the most inauspicious of seasons'. The universal sentiment was that 'The vines maybe two weeks behind but they'll catch up. Nothing to worry about'. Plus ça change from the slightly more pessimistic 2013 outlook in other parts of Europe. By the time we left, temperatures well into the 30s seemed to confirm their optimism.


But of course, we were there to look at the 2012s; an unusual growing season that has produced a range of startling wines with characters and qualities that are almost incomparable in recent vintages.
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