2012 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese

2012 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese

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.

Production Area

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.

Grape Varieties

100% Riesling

Style

Sweet

Description

Color: Golden
Bouquet: Refined peach and grapefruit, with a hint of spice.
Taste: 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. Drink now!

Vinification

The harvest began on 19 October 2012, these late harvest was read at 24 and 25. Controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a maximum of 15°C and after a longer ageing on the lees.

Analysis

Alcohol: 8.75% by vol.
Acidity: 8.4
Residual Sugar: 72.2 g/l

Aging Potential

Excellent

Serving Suggestions

Goes well with desserts, cheese and Asian cuisine.