Fritz Haag 2020 Riesling Auslese Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr, Mosel Germany
The terrifyingly steep Brauneberg hillside has been revered as a top vineyard site since the Romans first cultivated wine grapes in the Mosel valley in the second century. 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. This Grosse Lage (grand cru) site produces profound, distinctive wines with great purity and concentration. Auslese is a rich, concentrated, full-bodied style of Riesling, with a lively interplay between fruity sweetness and vibrant acidity.
THE FRITZ HAAG ESTATE
The Fritz Haag estate is a historic family winery that dates back to 1605. The Haag family farms 29 hectares (72.5 acres) of vineyards in the heart of the Mosel Valley. They produce only Riesling, covering the full style spectrum, from dry to lusciously sweet. A intense “slate” character and a pronounced, fruity acidity give the wines their elegant sophistication and their great aging potential. The estate’s graceful, well-defined Rieslings are universally lauded as examples of the finest wines the Mosel region has to offer.
THE 2020 VINTAGE
The 2020 growing season began mild, as usual, although with more preciptation than in recent years. But by early March the temperatures had begun to rise noticeably, hovering around 20°C at the beginning of April. Fortunately, we came nowhere near the peak temperatures of 2018 or 2019, and the vines are slowly adapting to the warmer weather, year after year. We are especially enthusiastic about the elegant, classically styled Kabinett and Spätlese we produced this year, with a few precious gems in the nobly sweet Prädikats.