Style: Trockenbeerenauslese (individually hand selected 100% botrytis-affected raisined berries, sweet)
Country, Region: Germany, Mosel
Trockenbeerenauslese is a symbol of pure elegance, power and complexity. Not every vintage delivers the conditions necessary to produce a wine of this calibre. The foundation for this rare treat comes through a radical hand harvest of individual botrytis-affected grapes in a nearly raisin-like state.
Forest honey, a gentle fresh herbal spice and expansive juicy apricot, candied orange and pineapple take this Trockenbeerenauslese to the unprecedented levels that make it the object of envy in any winelover’s cellar. Oliver Haag, Winemaker.
'The 2017 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese is super clear, fresh and concentrated on the precisely defined and spicy nose with its tea, stewed apricot and peach aromas and notes of black rocks. The palate is a great mix of concentration, purity and finesse as well as honey, salts and piquancy. The lingering salinity causes a spectacularly long but weightless and stimulatingly salty finish that is not built on power or concentration but on finesse and lightness. This 2017 TBA has great energy, class and tension but is highly refined and endless on the finish. Mosel TBA at its best! Tasted in March and April 2019.' 99 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, June 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.