2018 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Auslese GKA AP #22 375 ml

Year: 2018
Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 95
James Suckling: 96
Mosel Fine Wine Review: 95
Dessert Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
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"Super intense in both flavor and acidity. It begins to unfold on the palate and just keeps coming at you in waves. The yellow apple, apricot jam and orange blossom honey flavors are perfectly balanced, and there's intensity and power in reserve. Mineral elements are not obvious, but underneath all the sweetness, slate shines through. Beautiful expression of a Riesling auslese from the Mosel. Best from 2023 through 2045. 60 cases made. -AZ" (WS)

"The amount of clarity that oozes from the nose is mind-boggling. Spring water cascades down a waterfall into a pool of steaming volcanic rocks, the mist carrying scents of kaffir-lime tree and tea tree oil. Unfathomable purity and precision on the palate, which, though only medium body, is deep and rich in flavors and minerality. The sweetness is almost seamless. Drink now or hold for a long time." (JS)

"The 2018er Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Auslese GK was made from partially botrytized grapes harvested at a rather full 115° Oechsle, i.e. technically at BA levels, and was fermented down to noble-sweet levels of residual sugar. It offers a beautiful nose of pineapple, coconut, apricot blossom, almond cream and fine spices. The wine is beautifully unctuous yet at the same time racy on the exotic and dried fruit-infused palate. It leaves a gorgeously filigreed and elegant feel of almond cream, apricot and pineapple in the long and gorgeously multi -layered finish. This elegant and refined expression of noble-sweet Auslese will be a stunner at maturity! 2033-2068" (MFW)

Winery Notes:
The steep Grosse Lage (grand cru) Brauneberg has been revered as a top vineyard site since the Romans first cultivated wine grapes in the Mosel valley in the second century AD. The Juffer Sonnenuhr is the choicest center cut of the Brauneberg-the steepest and most south-facing part of the hillside that surrounds the sundial.

Auslese is a special selection of late-picked, very ripe clusters with about 50% botrytis-affected grapes.