Style: Beerenauslese (individually hand selected 100% botrytis-affected berries, sweet)
Country, Region: Germany, Mosel
'The 2017 Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese is deep, clear, fresh and perfectly ripe on the concentrated, crunchy-flinty nose with its concentrated aromas of stewed peaches, pineapples and tropical fruit intertwined with very fine notes of crushed slate and fermented pepper. Dense, lush and highly finessed on the rich, concentrated yet still pure, mineral, vital and salty-piquant palate, this is one of the most light-footed, stimulating and mouthwatering BAs you can imagine. The sweetness comes on wings here, and the wings are made of slate—slate from the Juffer Sonnenuhr, one of the greatest terroirs along Mosel, Saar and Ruwer. This is an eternal BA from a great vintage, and I can hardly imagine a finer one from here. Drinking the 2017 Juffer Sonnenuhr BA should be a moment of glory. I had it in March and April 2019. Drink 2020-2060.' 100 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, June 2019.
'An elegant Beerenauslese from the prized Juffer Sonnenuhr. For this wine we use only the finest, fully botrytized fruit. The berries are picked by hand, meticulously sorted, selected and pressed with the greatest possible care.
This Beerenauslese is a clear and gentle lemon yellow in the glass, delivering a cornucopia of aromas on both the nose and on the palate. Ripe tropical notes join floral nuances and a delicious juiciness. The wine’s internal balance makes for a true drinking delight while the precise acidity builds both its momentum and elegant structure.' Oliver Haag, Winemaker.
The historic Fritz Haag wine estate is located in the heart of the central Mosel River Valley. The earliest documentation of the estate dates back to 1605. At that time, the village in which it is situated was known as ‘Dusemond.’ In 1925, this village was renamed ‘Brauneberg’ (‘brown mountain,’ a reference to the color of the slate soil in this area of the Mosel) in an endeavour to further promote the reputation of its world-renowned vineyards ‘Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr’ and ‘Brauneberg Juffer.’
The name of the famous vineyards ‘Juffer,’ which translates as ‘old maid’ or ‘virgin’ in the local dialect, goes back to 1790. The proprietor of these exceptional vineyard slopes at the time, the aristocratic Kurpfälzische Kammerherr Wunderlich, had three daughters who all remained unmarried and lived the lives of spinsters. As a consequence, when they took over the vineyard management from their father, the name ‘Brauneberger Juffer’ was born and the wines soon became well-known and famed in the wine world. The vineyards are recognised as true pearls of the Mosel region and were treasured even by Napoleon.
For many years, the Fritz Haag wine estate was successfully headed by the endlessly energetic Wilhelm Haag, and achieved, under his guidance a world-renowned reputation. Wilhelm Haag was the first to win the acclaim ‘winemaker of the year,’ a highly coveted accolade introduced in 1994 by the famous Gault Millau Wineguide. Since 2005, son Oliver has taken over the
reins and has joined his successful father in leading the estate into the future.
The Fritz Haag estate owns 18.5ha of vineyards which are all exclusively planted with Riesling. The excellent micro-climate and the deep slate soils of the Brauneberger Juffer slope form the basis for some of the most intensely flavored and elegantly-structured Riesling wines of the Mosel region. Oliver Haag, the current proprietor, rigorously selects the clones most suited to the microclimate of his vineyards in order to achieve the maximum potential in the grapes. As a winemaker, Oliver’s skills are matched by few. His wines, which display a pleasing subtle colour, show a well-defined palate that reaches from honeysuckle to pears and apples. They are laced with citrus and underlying mineral tones, reflecting the brown slate vineyards of Brauneberg.
The Fritz Haag estate produces wines that cover the full style spectrum, starting from a dry style and ranging to lusciously sweet. A mineral ‘slate’ character and a pronounced and fruity acidity give the wines their elegant sophistication and their great aging potential. The estate’s graceful, well-refined Rieslings are rated as impressive examples of the finest wines the Mosel region has to offer.