Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling, Auslese
JJ Prüm

Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling, Auslese,

Destination

vintage

JJ Prüm, Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling, Auslese, 2012

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
JJ Prüm, Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling, Auslese, 2012

Complex grassy minerals on the nose precede a very crunchy, mineral mid palate with sweet yellow plums and mango, herbs and bright citrus notes. The intense clear flavours are louder than the Wehlener and more out and out powerful, though this still retails the vintage hallmark of delicacy and freshness. A complex and deliciously refreshing Auslese that will no doubt take some time to reveal all its beauty. The Himmelreich of Graach is a first rate vineyard, the soils are a little deeper and richer than the Wehlener Sonnenuhr and the site is little less sun-blanched.

Maturity:
Keep/Drink
ABV:
8%

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Germany
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Allergen Information:
This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.
JJ Prüm

JJ Prüm

Joh. Jos Prüm is one of the Mosel’s, if not the whole of Germany’s, most revered and respected Estates. For many years run by the inimitable Manfred Prüm, it is his daughter Katharina who is now at the helm, with Manfred making only the occasional appearance in the tasting room. This is a staunchly traditional address, and amongst the most enigmatic as no-one has yet made it down to the mysterious cellars. In the Sonnenuhr of Wehlen the Prüms own a portion of one of the Mittel Mosel’s top vineyards. Its steep south-facing dark slate slopes tend to result in deeply flavoured, mineral yet rich and smoky wines. In addition, they manipulate some plots in the next door Himmelreich of Graacher which produces animated and engaging wines, with fresh acidities and plenty of energy. It is a vineyard that can excel in warmer years. There are also vines in Zeltingen Sonnenuhr and Bernkastler Lay that tend to produce one or two expressions each year. These are unashamedly classic examples of Mosel Riesling, exciting and long-lived wines produced predominantly in stainless tanks to avoid the addition of too much sulphur. They are bottled later than most Mosel and often take a few years in bottle before showing the true character, but patience will be rewarded! Old bottles from this estate are much sought after…

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