The Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese is one of Fritz Haag's "residual sweetness" classics - A highly-selected wine, which reflects the ultimate potential of the growing area. In few other growing regions are wines harvested that have such concentrated fresh fruit and intensity, coupled with delicate lightness. A wine like this can only be harvested from fully ripe Riesling grapes and has the potential to be laid down for 30 to 40 years.
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 highly coveted in the wine world. The vineyards are recognized as true pearls of the Mosel region and were treasured even by Napoleon.
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.
2012 was a challenging growing season marked by cool temperatures and above average rainfall. Constant vineyard management was required to bring in quality ripe fruit. The late-October harvest took place under ideal warm, dry weather conditions and rescued the vintage. A small crop and long hang-times (averaging 120 days) resulted in laser-focused, acid-etched Rieslings with bright aromas, juicy flavors, and intense minerality. A classic 'old school' vintage with uncanny purity and precision.
"Shows good cut to the rich, well-structured flavors of ripe apple, tangerine and ginger, with hints of pine and mineral. The mouthwatering finish lingers with firm acidity and notes of tarragon cream and spice. Drink now through 2035"
- Wine Spectator, Feb 2014, 92pts
"Slightly earthy, savory tones of lanolin and herb lend complexity to a palate that's lavish with peach and quince jelly flavors. Semi-sweet in style, it's quaffable and refreshing with its fruity exuberance offset by a cutting, stark acidity."
- Wine Enthusiast, August 2014, 90pts