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Fritz Haag Riesling (Feinherb) 2018

Fritz Haag Riesling (Feinherb) 2018

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Variety: Riesling
Style: Feinherb (off-dry)
Country, Region: Germany, Mosel
This off-dry estate Riesling marries a delicate fruitiness with the herbal spice of a dry Riesling. Juicy flavors, an incredible exchange of sweetness and acidity, and slate whispers make this a true drinking pleasure. And yet it is ultimately the playful and fruit-driven nature of off-dry Riesling that delivers the ultimate in summer wine refreshment.

‘It offers a beautiful and delicately reduced nose of melon, pear, vineyard peach, fine herbs and smoky slate, as well as a touch of whipped cream. The wine proves direct and nicely balanced on the quite enticing palate and leaves a firm and slightly earthy feel in the nicely playful finish.’ 90 points, Mosel Fine Wines, August 2019.

‘Clear, elegant, fresh and flinty bouquet of ripe yellow plums and peaches along with some beautiful phenolic notes. On the palate, this is an elegant, fine and perfectly round and balanced but also fresh and gorgeously juicy Riesling with a salty-piquant finish and the crystalline crunchiness of Brauneberg’s slate soils. Drink 2020-2035.’ 91 points, Stephan Rheinhardt, The Wine Advocate, June 2019.

‘A lovely wine this year. It comes in at 11.5 percent alcohol, carries 17.5 grams per liter of residual sugar and is supported by 7.5 grams per liter of acidity, which gives its plenty of lift and bounce on the backend. The lovely bouquet offers up scents of lime, yellow fruit, slate, gentle smokiness and a floral topnote redo- lent of white flowers. On the palate the wine is medium-full, bright and complex, with a lovely core, fine mineral undertow and a long, complex and zesty finish. This had been bottled two weeks prior to my visit, but was showing beautifully and is a succulent and utterly charming example of Feinherb.’ 90 points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar, October 2019.

'Oliver Haag has made an absolutely brilliant set of wines in 2018 and this may well be the single finest vintage collection of young wines I have ever tasted from this iconic estate in Brauneberg. It is a flat out brilliant vintage for Weingut Fritz Haag; these are amongst Germany’s very greatest examples of the 2018 vintage.' John Gillman, View From The Cellar, October 2019.

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.

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