MOSEL VALLEY - GERMANY
“Not many wine careers can have started off on a more superlative level than Haart’s, yet from my several conversations with him I am convinced that his perfectionism goes hand in hand with rigorous self-criticism that should preclude success going to his head.”
David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate
So much praise has been heaped upon the young Julian Haart in recent vintages that it's hard to decide which sound-bites to pick out. In 2017, along with a slew of 100 point reviews for his three Auslese, Julian was awarded the highest rated Kabinett of the vintage by John Gilman. This was repeated in 2018 when Jean Fisch and David Rayer of Mosel Fine Wines stated that Julian's Ohligsberg Alte Reben "is one of the finest Kabinett we have ever tasted" and also named his Goldtröpfchen Spatlese as the single best Spatlese of the vintage. With the 2019 releases, his Ohligsberg Kabinett Alte Reben received the highest score for any Kabinett from the vintage from Stuart Pigott. Last year, Julian’s 2020 Ohligsberg Kabinett Alte Reben was awarded the first ever 100 point score for a Kabinett from any publication that we are aware of, and just a few weeks ago this perfect score was bestowed for a second time upon the same wine with the release of the 2021 vintage.
We are very excited to present Julian Haart's brand new 2021 range to the Australian market. Six dry Riesling, two Riesling Kabinett, and a very special mixed case of all six individual 2021 Riesling Kabinett that Julian produced.
Don't be fooled by the humble naming of the 'Haart', Mosel, Piesporter and 'Old Vine Kabinett' Rieslings - all fruit actually comes from parcels in Piesport's Goldtropfchen Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) vineyard. For the top wines with vineyard designation on the label, fruit has come from Julian's own holdings of ancient (110+ year old) Goldtropfchen and Ohligsberg vines.
Based in Piesport, in the heartland of the Mosel Valley, Julian Haart is the young star of German winemaking. His wine education could scarcely have been more illustrious, working with Klaus Peter Keller for three years and Egon Muller for a year, as well as stints with Heymann-Löwenstein and Emrich-Schönleber.
On his return to Piesport, he took over a small half-hectare plot in the Wintricher Ohligsberg planted with 50-year-old vines, followed by a parcel planted in 1910 in the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen. The estate has grown to a little more than four hectares and this is, roughly, where Julian wants it to stay. Part of the joy of winemaking, for Julian, is doing everything himself, or with his wife Nadine, or with some friends. This is vineyard work, and winemaking, at the most human scale. Nearly everything must be done by hand – most of the vineyards are steep as hell and most of them are terraced. Even walking through them is a bit hazardous.
His goal is to make superlative dry wines, but they are brilliant and elegant across the entire range. He is striving for vineyard expression rather than just fruit; fermentation is allowed to start naturally, and the cellar temperature is kept at a steady 20ºC. Terroir shines through!