This superb Auslese from this first vintage in which the Estate worked vineyards in Brauneberg was one of the higlights of the extensive 2002 "10 Years-After" retrospective.
(image: Weingut Schloss Lieser, all rights reserved)
As of this year, we decided to also include wines from other parts of Germany in our "10 Years after" 2002 retrospective. Our readers will find tasting notes from leading producers in the Pfalz, Rheingau, Nahe and Franken in addition to those from the best producers in the Mosel.
The 2002 vintage was maybe not as famous as 2001 nor as off-the-chart as the freakish 2003. But it is one which has delivered tons of very attractive wines, as we found out after our comprehensive review of the 2002 vintage available in the current Issue No 18 (Apr 2012) of Mosel Fine Wines.
One of the higlights of the retrospective tasting was a magical Auslese GK-styled expression of Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr crafted by the Thomas Haag at his Schloss Lieser Estate.
Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese GK
This is the first vintage in which Thomas Haag from Schloss Lieser got hold of a parcel in the coveted Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr and he produced only two wines out of it: a regular Auslese and an Auslese Goldkapsel. And what a smashing success the latter has turned out to be! Despite still being quite closed, this offers a stunning nose of white peach, flowers, ground spices and herbs. The wine is still firm and structured on the palate, but the depth of flavors and aromatic precision are simply to die for. A more botrytized side comes through in the finish, which adds to the feel of energy and complexity. This is still closed and there is not much point to open a bottle now. But in 5-10 years' time, this will be a smasher of a racy and complex Auslese. It is that impressive. Bravo! 2017-2034
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