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Fritz Haag, ‘Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr’ Riesling Beerenauslese 2006
When it comes to classic estates in the Mosel, Fritz Haag needs no introduction. The estate has been owned and operated by the Haag family since 1605 in the village of Brauneberg. The estate owns parcels in the Brauneberger Juffer and Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, the later is considered to be one of the finest vineyards in the Mosel. Both vineyards consist of blue slate soils.
We spent an afternoon with the proprietor and winemaker Oliver Haag. He took full control over the estate in 2005. The entire portfolio of Fritz Haas is stellar. Recently the winery introduced an excellent Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), which is the first non-Riesling wine that Fritz Haag has produced. We also highly recommend the Brauneberger Riesling Ortswein (Village Wine) for its high value for money.
After walking us through the current releases, Oliver went to the cellar and pulled out a couple of archive wines. We tasted both of the wines blind, Oliver wanted us to guess the sweetness level and vintages. Oliver revealed the two wines, both from the Juffer Sonnenuhr vineyard. They were the Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2003 and the Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese 2006. Both are excellent wines but we were blown away by the latter.
The Fritz Haag ‘Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese 2006 is a sweet Prädikat wine with 250 g/L of RS and 10 g/L of acidity. The wine clocks in at 6.5% abv. It has notes of dandelion, honey, dried apricot, and lemon. This wine is like pure nectar with a lingering finish. This is cloyingly sweet with dried fruit flavors with a touch of pepper. The acidity isn’t searingly high but it keeps the wine fresh.
It’s a wine that needs to be experienced, this is why Riesling is one of the world’s greatest grapes.
Score: 95/100 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the WINE RATING page.)
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