The Haarts own roughly 7.5 hectares of vineyards in Piesport–4.5 in Goldtropfchen (soft, splintered gray/blue slate) , 1 hectare in Grafenberg (red slate) & .4 hectares in Domherr (deeper, finer soils from erosion). In addition they own .3 hectares in their monopole Kreuzwingert (big stones/clay soils, cooler microclimate, which is actually a parcel in the Goldtropfchen vineyard) & .3 hectares in Wintricher Ohligsberg (big stones/hard blue slate with quartz).
The Haart wines combine power with great purity, balance & filigree. Theo crafts his wines in a reductive style & his wines therefore have tremendous aging potential.
On a recent visit we were fortunate to drive through the vineyards with Johannes, a few weeks before harvest (the grapes were roughly 55 to 60 degress Oechsle). We were certainly re-amazed at how steep & rocky each of the sites were. Furthermore, seeing the various vineyard’s soil types, aspect & exposures made for a clearer understanding of the resulting wines.
The Goldtropfchen vineyard characteristically offers power, opulence with pedigree, superb refinement & intricacy. VERY aristocratic. I also love the mineraility, floweriness & perfume which makes you want to smell the wine forever.
The Grafenberg, on the other hand, is seemingly more straightforward, rounder. The 2003 & 2009 were more showy, flashy, while the 2008 & 2010 much more pure, transparent & classic.
The Ohligsberger seems more focused, pure & cleaner with lots of citrus/grapefruit/lemon nuances.
The Kreuzwingert caught me by surprise as it showed RED fruit nuances & was quite exotic in comparison to the others.