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Reading Wine Labels: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 1993 label image

Fritz Haag is a leading producer of the Mosel. This wine, of the 1993 vintage comes from the Juffer-Sonnenuhr vineyard in the village of Brauneberg (which becomes Brauneberger, meaning 'of Brauneberg'). The grape is Riesling, this being the variety used for the vast majority of quality German wines. Auslese tells us something about how ripe the grapes were when picked, wines with less sugar content being Spätlese and Kabinett. Beneath this is the AP number, presented in quite small print. All quality German wines are allocated a specific AP number. The statement Qualitätswein mit Prädikat confirms that this is a wine of quality, that has not been chaptalised (the addition of sugar to increase eventual alcoholic content). Immediately next to this is the word Gutsabfüllung which denotes an estate bottled wine. Across the foot of the label are some details concrning Fritz Haag's address.