Style: Trocken (dry)
Country, Region: Germany, Mosel
This wine is the creme-de-la-creme of Fritz Haag's dry Rieslings, sourced from the best and oldest parcels on the Juffer Sonnenuhr. Hand harvested, the must is fermented in 1000L oak barrels (fuder) and stainless-steel tanks. Extended lees contact and a critical settling period give this wine its final polish.
‘The 2018er Brauneberg Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Trocken GG, as it is referred to on the consumer label, was made with little pre-fermentation cold soak and aged for half in used wooden casks. It offers a superbly floral and spicy nose with quite some nice and juicy fruits in the background including pineapple, yellow peach and tangerine. A hint of camphor comes through after some airing. The wine develops nice fruity flavors joined by herbs and spices on the superbly structured palate. It leaves a slightly tart yet superb feel of minerals in the very long and smoky finish. The after - taste is soft and comes over as delicately fruity rather than bone dry.’ 93 points, Mosel Fine Wines, September 2019.
‘The superb young nose wafts from the glass in a mix of lime, grapefruit, wild yeasts, lovely smokiness, citrus peel and a beautifully complex and saline expression of slate minerality. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and powerful in personality, but impeccably balanced at the same time, with a great core, superb cut and grip and a very long, complex and laser-like finish. The acids here are 7.5 grams per liter in 2018, but they seem notably higher than this, due to the low pH and the wine does not want for acidity in any way, shape or form. A beautiful wine in the making.’ 94 points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar, October 2019.
'Super attractive with dried flowers and a fresh, flinty lemon citrus edge. Has a very plush and polished feel with a restrained, dry palate that delivers a bracingly fresh and focused finish.' 94 points, JamesSuckling.com, December 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.