2020 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett
A brilliantly racy single-vineyard Mosel Riesling
made in the delicate and low-alcohol Kabinett style.
The terrifyingly steep Brauneberg hillside has been revered as a top vineyard site since Roman
times (it was the Romans who first cultivated wine grapes in the Mosel valley). For centuries,
Brauneberg wines were among the most celebrated of all Mosel Rieslings. The Brauneberger
Juffer Kabinett is a selection of early-picked fruit and has a very fine, delicate structure. Its pure,
energizing fruitiness and expressive minerality exemplify the Fritz Haag style.
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 were relieved to see them taking advantage of their deep roots to maintain reliable access to water. 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.
“Effusive white-peach, honeysuckle and vanilla-bean aromas. A very juicy wine with wonderful light..
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