Style: Spätlese (late harvest, medium-sweet)
Country, Region: Germany, Mosel
The Juffer Sonnenuhr Spätlese always keeps what its name promises. Compared to the Juffer, which is characterized by cool fruit and ethereal, the Sonnenuhr Spätlese appears clearly warmer in its structure and sensory properties. Juicy body, ripe, playful exoticism and an expressive floral bouquet are the core elements of this wine.
Gently pressed, spontaneously fermented and with a long fine yeast storage, the fruity Juffer Sonnenuhr Spätlese gives a maximum of pleasure for many years.
7.5 % alc/vol, 8.3 g/L TA, 83.0 g/L RS.
'Very youthful and expressive, with so much mandarin, white peach, nectarine and honeysuckle, this is a beautiful Spätlese, in which the succulent sweetness is beautifully balanced by the lively, lemony acidity. And beneath all this is a mineral core. Drink or hold.' 94 points, Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com, August 2021.
'The Estate produced a hugely convincing collection in 2020 which shines through its highlights in all stylistic directions ... The off-dry wines are beautifully playful and the fruity-styled wines subtly creamy yet wrapped into the great sense of lightness that has made the success of the Estate over the years. The sweet wines are, dare we write as usual, among the finest that the region can offer.' Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Mosel Fine Wines, Issue 58, September 2021.
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.