German wine is primarily produced in the west of Germany, along the river Rhine and its tributaries, with the oldest plantations going back to the Roman era. Approximately 60 percent of the German wine production is situated in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, where 6 of the 13 regions (Anbaugebiete) are situated. Germany as the eighth largest wine-producing country in the world. White wine accounts for almost two thirds of the total production. Among enthusiasts, Germany's reputation is primarily based on wines made from the Riesling grape variety, which at its best is used for aromatic, fruity and elegant white wines that range from very crisp and dry to well-balanced, sweet and of enormous aromatic concentration.
- Item #: i_304784Bottle Size: 750MLWINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS Late harvested at the end of October, the 2013 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese was picked with a very small part of botrytis, which was obligatory in this vintage. Nutty flavors emerge on the ripe and quite complex, though somewhat reductive, nose that currently lacks the purity and clarity of Adam's Spatlesen. Haart's Goldtropfchen is noble, rich, sweet, very juicy, creamy and elegant on the palate, well structured, but needs some years of bottle age. Johannes Haart is the winemaker at Reinhold Haart since 2011, and he experiments more with Riesling trocken than his father did. Since 2011, the Grosses Gewächs Rieslings from the Piesport Goldtröpfchen (where Haart holds 4.5 hectares) and the Wintrich Ohligsberg were completely fermented in fuders (at higher temperatures than in former times) and kept on the lees until August, before the wines were bottled the same month. Johannes keeps his trocken wines rather lean by processing fully ripe and healthy grapes without botrytis. He also forgoes maceration or, depending on the vintage, he keeps the must on the skins for just a few hours. In 2013, both Grosses Gewächs wines are bottled with 12.5% alcohol and residual sugar levels of 9.5 grams per liter, so they are on the (legal) border of trocken. However, these are firmly structured wines that carry their full bodies easily over the palate and into a complex finish, whereas in former times the stainless steel-fermented wines were kept much shorter on the lees and tended to taste more alcoholic, although they were bottled with 12% alcohol or even less. The sweet predicates are fermented slowly at cooler temperatures (10 C in 2013, 8 C in 2014) in stainless-steel tanks and Johannes aims for alcohol levels of 7.5 to 8%, whereas the Goldtropfchen terroir integrates the sweetness very well into the mineral depth so that the wines taste much less sweet than you might expect when reading the analytic data.
Spicy pithy notes with bright lemon flavors are tempered by a smooth honeyed minerality, finishing on a long salty stony note.
The Haarts have been making wine in Piesport since 1337. In the last century Theo Haart raised it to one of the Mosel’s great estates of the Mosel, and although he has handed control of the winemaking to his son Johannes, he still looks after the vineyards. The heart of the estate is the Goldtropchen, and it is harder to find better examples in the sweeter style anywhere.