2018 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese

Year: 2018
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
James Suckling: 92
Mosel Fine Wine Review: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 8.0%
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"A unique Spätlese, full of fresh herbs and even a touch of mowed lawn. Reductive, flinty and very subtle, this has a laser-sharp attack of acidity that takes the mouth aback, but it’s only medium-bodied and has a soft sensation of sweetness on the finish. Drink now." (JS)

"The 2018er Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese was harvested at 90° Oechsle, and was fermented down to sweet levels of residual sugar. It offers a gorgeously ample nose made of vineyard peach, apricot, whipped cream, flowers and smoke. The wine proves nicely zesty but develops the creamy side of a light Auslese on the palate. It leaves one with a nicely juicy and playful feel of apricot and pear as well as herbs in the long finish. 2028-2048" (MFW)

Winery Notes:
The Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese is one of Fritz Haag's "residual sweetness" classics - A wine like this has the potential to be laid down for 30 to 40 years.

The name “Juffer” translates as “old maid” in the local dialect and goes back to 1790. The owner of these exceptional vineyards at the time had three daughters who all remained unmarried. As a consequence, when they took over the vineyard from their father, the name “Brauneberger Juffer” was born and the wines soon became famed in the wine world. The vineyards were recognized as true pearls of the Mosel region and were treasured even by Napoleon. The name “Sonnenuhr” refers to the sundial that graces the center part of the Juffer vineyard, which is generally recognized as the section of the steep hillside that produces the very finest wines.

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.