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The Fritz Haag wine estate is located in the heart of the central Mosel River Valley and has a history dating back to the 17th century. For many years, it was managed by the endlessly energetic Wilhelm Haag and achieved under his guidance a world-renowned reputation. Wilhelm Haag was the first to be named Gault Millau’s “Winemaker of the Year,” a highly coveted accolade introduced in 1994. Since 2005, his son Oliver has taken over the reins and has followed his legendary father in leading the estate into the future.*
The estate owns 17.5 hectares of vineyards, all exclusively planted to Riesling. The excellent micro-climates and the deep slate soils of the region yield some of the most intensely flavored and elegantly-structured Rieslings of the Mosel. Oliver rigorously selects the clones most suited to each of his vineyards in order to achieve the maximum potential in the grapes. His wines, ranging from dry to lusciously sweet, show well-defined flavors from honeysuckle to pears and apples laced with citrus and underlying mineral tones that are reflections of the terroir.*
Today's wine belies its status as the estate's entry-level offering. Crafted in a slightly off-dry style that perfectly balances Mosel Riesling’s typically crisp acidity, it is vibrant, complex, and almost creamy-textured up-front, with flavors of apple, lime, peach, and grapefruit undercut by hints of baking spice and stony minerality.
"The label here no longer indicates “feinherb**,” but that is how the estate still refers to this bottling, and its balance is as in previous recent vintages, with the merest hint of sweetness supporting tangy apple and grapefruit. There is a slight sweet-sour tension, but that’s part of this wine’s invigorating appeal. The refreshingly juicy, ringing finish carries an imposing load of crushed stone." (89 points, Vinous, 4/20)
Producer Name: Fritz Haag
Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: Germany
Quality Designation: QbA
Grape Varietals: Riesling
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Aromatic White Wine
Winemaker: Oliver & Wilhelm Haag
Pack/Size: 12/750 mo
Container Type: Green Glass Hock Bottle
Closure Style: Cork