Get to know: Willi Haag, Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese 2011
A superb example of Mosel Spätlese Riesling from an excellent producer. This wine remains very clean and fresh after over 10 years of maturity. In the glass it is a light gold colour. The aroma offers green apples, lemon, a touch of lime and white peach with some honeyed sweetness. There's an still a youthful energy on the palate with flavours of honey, sweet peach, mango palate and it walks the line between sweet and soft and fresh with a gentle acidity cutting through. It finishes clean with a lingering fruity aftertaste and a hint of aniseed.
This wine is drinking well now and should be enjoyed withing the next two years, perhaps paired with a slice of tallegio or with roast pork and apple sauce.
For more than 500 years the estate has been in the Haag family and since 1995 Marcus Haag, the grandson of Willi Haag, has been running the cellars. After completing his studies at the polytechnic (viniculture) he took over the entire management in 1997. He successfully combines tradition with modern approaches in viniculture.
The estate is member of the Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) (the Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates). The VDP is an elite group of some 200 quality-oriented German vintners who are committed to terroir-driven viticulture at the highest level. Each member is an individualist, yet all share something in common: the “VDP eagle” – a stylized eagle bearing a cluster of grapes – a symbol of pure wine pleasure. This emblem on the capsule of a bottle guarantees wines of the highest quality from some of the finest wine estates of Germany.
The steep slope opposite the small town Brauneberg is called 'Juffer'. The southward position on the weather-beaten slate soils gives the Riesling wines an elegant mineral touch.