Willi Haag - Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr 2016

Updated: Dec 2, 2019

Willi Haag

Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr 2016

Mosel, Germany

Having the soul of the average Italian, I feel the moral duty to spend the second week of August back at home, in Puglia. But this year my tan was lesser intense than the previous summers, and partially it is due to this nectar. Why should I stay hours on the beach, when I can sit in veranda, reading a book, smoking a Cohiba Siglo VI and swirling a refreshing sweet Riesling?!?! This wine comes from Mosel, one of the most vocative regions in Germany. The wine estate is on the east bank of the Mosel River. This nectar is a Prädikatswein (so we expect some residual sugar), and is categorized as Auslese. Such wines are made from individually selected extra ripe bunches of grapes. So they tend to be riper and richer than Spätlese and, ca vans dire, Kabinett wines. Prosit!


The wine has a lemon colour. The intensity is medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.


The aromas intensity is medium plus. It is an explosion of honeysuckle, chamomile, pear, stone fruit, melon, passion fruit with an hint of lemon zest to harmonize everything. The tertiary aromas are opulent: honey, hay and obviously the classical petrol.


In the mouth, the wine is pure velvet. The high level of acidity is offset by the sweetness. The alcohol is low (7.5%). On the palate, we find all the fragrances that make us fall in love already with the nose. The fruits become riper and richer, almost tropical. The flavour intensity is medium plus and the lasting is long.


I really enjoy this nectar. It has everything you expect from a Riesling Auslese. If you keep a bottle in your cellar for 3/5 year, you may end up having a little jewel that will enchant you. The tertiary aromas are still at the beginning of a long journey. As most of the sweet Rieslings, I like to drink this ambrosia by its own.

Final vote: 91

Price: £19.99 on waitrose.com

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