2011 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett
The Haag estate has been in the same family for over 400 years. The original winery, a timber framed house built in the 15th century, still stands on the property near the modern winery. Their primary vineyard sites are located in the Brauneberger-Juffer and Juffer-Sonnenuhr with most of these vineyards being comprised of gray slate. The soil conditions and microclimate provide an excellent growing environment for Riesling due to the cool nights and warm days.
The name Brauneberg means ‘brown hill’, and comes from the reddish-brown color of the local soils – drawn from high levels of iron oxide in the decomposed slate.The riverbank opposite Brauneberg is a steep, south-facing slope which reaches a gradient of 80%. This produces some of the world’s very finest Riesling wines, and is home to Brauneberg’s two Erste Lage sites – Juffer and Juffer-Sonnenuhr. The Juffer vineyard covers some 76 acres (31ha). The soils here are particularly rich in weathered, blue-gray Devonian slate.
From Thomas Jefferson through Theodor Fontane to the English royal house, Brauneberger Juffer is the quintessence of Riesling enjoyment at the highest level! Napoleon counted the location amongst the pearls of the Mosel. The name “Juffer”, which was given to the location, goes back to the early days of the 18th century.
After the Napoleonic occupation, a chamberlain, by the name of Wunderlich, owned the majority of this vineyard. The three daughters of the chamberlain did not comply with the wishes of their parents to marry and they remained spinsters. Instead, they devoted their joy and love to the best wines of their parents’ vineyard, which grew on the steep slopes of the present-day “Juffer”. Out of displeasure at this development, the parents referred to these vineyards as “Juffer”, the Mosel-Franconian dialect name for spinster or virgin, because of their unmarried daughters.
This elegant Kabinett is a true classic Riesling. Marked with high levels of ripeness – evident in the richness and intensity of the pear and apricot – the Kabinett shows an excellent balance, offering nice concentration, while retaining freshness and fine minerality.
The selective hand-picking began in 2011 at the beginning of October. The optimum state of maturity was reached at this time. Controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a maximum of 15 Celcius and after a longer aging on the lees.
Alcohol: 9.41% by vol.
Residual Sugar: 51 g/l
It goes well with Asian cuisine and cheese.
2012 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese
A rich, perfumed Riesling offering a lush elegance. The wine reveals flavors of ripe peach and tropical fruits with a touch of smoke right in the middle. Textured and voluminous yet held in check by mouthwatering acidity.
Goes well with desserts, cheese and Asian cuisine.