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Haag & screwcaps

by Graeme Gee » Tue Jan 02, 2007 2:03 am

Saw the strangest thing in a Sydney botleshop the other day. I know even German riesling makers haven't been all that quick to embrace screwcaps, despite the encouragement of their Australian cousins, but this one really stumped me:

2005 Fritz Haag Brauneberg Juffer Sonnenuhr Kabinett - screwcap
2005 Fritz Haag Brauneberg Juffer Sonnenuhr Spätlese - cork

What the.... ?
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Re: Haag & screwcaps

by David M. Bueker » Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:55 am

Not an uncommon way that Germans are testing the waters. Selbach-Oster is using screwcaps on their kabinetts as well.
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Re: Haag & screwcaps

by Michael Pronay » Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:14 am

Fritz Hasselbach from Gunderloch started the same way. When I asked him at Vinexpo 2003, he was bottling QbA/Kabinett under screwcaps, Berenauslese and TBA under cork, Spätlese and Auslese under both.

It will take a little time that Haag will fully convert.

In the meantime, stick to Nigl, Hirsch and the like ... :twisted:
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Re: Haag & screwcaps

by Dave Erickson » Tue Jan 02, 2007 7:09 pm

It's no big deal. We'd been selling Anton Bauer gruner veltliners of various quality and prices with corks, and then one day we got a shipment with screwcaps. Then, just to make sure we were paying attention, they changed the capsule color from off-white to charcoal. Go figure.
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Re: Haag & screwcaps

by Graeme Gee » Tue Jan 02, 2007 7:25 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:Not an uncommon way that Germans are testing the waters. Selbach-Oster is using screwcaps on their kabinetts as well.


Hmmm. Is this a 'testing' of the commercial ramifications? Or are they hedging their bets on technical performance? I didn't realise the success of the screwcap is dependent on the amount of residual sugar in the wine. Sheesh!
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Re: Haag & screwcaps

by Bill Hooper » Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:17 am

Graeme Gee wrote:
David M. Bueker wrote:Not an uncommon way that Germans are testing the waters. Selbach-Oster is using screwcaps on their kabinetts as well.


Hmmm. Is this a 'testing' of the commercial ramifications? Or are they hedging their bets on technical performance? I didn't realise the success of the screwcap is dependent on the amount of residual sugar in the wine. Sheesh!
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Graeme, It has more to do with ageing potential than RS. Many German producers are now switching over to screw-cap for wines to be consumed in the shorter-term. Many people still have reservations regarding long-term ageing under cap as there is not yet a proven track record.



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Re: Haag & screwcaps

by Dave Erickson » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:47 am

Bill Hooper wrote:Graeme, It has more to do with ageing potential than RS. Many German producers are now switching over to screw-cap for wines to be consumed in the shorter-term. Many people still have reservations regarding long-term ageing under cap as there is not yet a proven track record.


You didn't mean that. I just KNOW you didn't mean that...:shock:

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Re: Haag & screwcaps

by Victorwine » Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:21 pm

Nicely said Bill.

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