2015 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese

Year: 2015
Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 93+
Mosel Fine Wines: 94
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Price :
$34.95

"Creamy and rich, with flavors of peach, apricot and ripe apple that feature some savory accents. The lusciously juicy finish has plenty of honeyed and pear notes. Drink now through 2035.—K.M." (WS)

"The 2015 Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese is still pretty reductive, but very clear and flinty, provided with a ripe and concentrated, very finessed Riesling flavor intertwined with stony aromas. Very finessed and filigreed on the palate, this is a perfectly round, intense, lush and stimulatingly juicy Spätlese of great elegance. The finish is long, lush and intense, and reveals a fine structure.

"2015 was a sensational, relaxed harvest," Oliver Haag from Weingut Fritz Haag says. "We did not have any pressure and were able to pick from October 10th until November 12th, with one or two pre-selections in all our vineyards, which wasn't possible in 2013 and 2014; but after 2015, also in 2016."

"2015 brought sufficient rainfalls and good average quantities, but only a bit of botrytis, since the grapes were so terribly healthy. However, the botrytis quality was perfect; it just took us a while to select it." In fact, Haag produced all the predicates except for Eiswein. "Due to the cool October and November nights, the acidity levels remained terrific. We also harvested at cool temperatures, which enabled us to macerate the grapes for six to 18 hours, and to bring sufficient structure into the wines." The wines were kept a bit longer on the lees than normal, namely until May.

The resulting wines are very good to excellent when dry, and respectively great when noble sweet—especially several of the Spätlesen and Auslesen, as well as the world-class Beerenauslese and the two Trockenbeerenauslesen." (WA)

"This has a very refined nose with flowery flavors as well as apricot, cardamom and creamy yellow peach. The wine is smooth and delicate with creamy scents of orange, apricot and sappy yellow peach conveying freshness and juiciness on the palate. The finish proves delicate and superbly long. This is a great Juffer-Sonnenuhr Spätlese (made in a light Auslese style) in the making! 2025-2050" (MFR)

Winery Notes:
The terrifyingly steep and isolated Brauneberg hillside has been revered as a top vineyard site since the Romans first cultivated wine grapes in the Mosel valley. The Juffer Sonnenuhr is the choicest center cut of the Brauneberg — the steepest and most south-facing part of the hillside. This Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) site produces profound, distinctive wines with great purity and concentration.

The Brauneberg is an isolated, south-facing hill that, unlike most other great Mosel sites, has very little forest above it to provide water. The relative lack of water and the well-drained brown slate soil make it one of the drier vineyards in the area, a great advantage in wet years, which occur frequently in this cool, northern climate. The wines tend to have a brawny, muscular structure to them due to the nature of this site. With painstaking selection at harvest, and meticulous cellar work, the Fritz Haag estate produces wines that combine the typical Brauneberg power with astonishing clarity and a sophisticated sleekness.