Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Auslese
    JJ Prüm

    Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Auslese,

    Destination

    vintage

    JJ Prüm, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Auslese, 2012

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    JJ Prüm, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling, Auslese, 2012

    Wehlen’s great Sonnenuhr vineyard is known for producing some of the Mosel’s most refined and elegant wines, struck through with fine grey slate minerality. In 2012 this is a wine of incredible purity, so much so that it comes across as less immediately characterful than the Graacher Himmelreich, though texturally more refined, silky, sleek and graceful. Delicate floral notes, grey slate, sweet pure yellow fruits – this is incredibly charming and sunny as it flutters and dances its way across the palate, while also surprisingly intense. A wine for purists. Just beautiful.

    Maturity:
    Keep/Drink
    ABV:
    7.5%
    93/100
    David Schildknecht, Vinous
    Heady scents of honeysuckle and heliotrope vie for attention with ripe pear and quince. The creamy palate is enveloping and loaded with inner-mouth perfume; hints of mint, sage and pink grapefruit lend cooling and exotic allure. (I know it will strike some people as sacrilege to suggest this, but imagine that a bit of Scheurebe has been blended in.) This finishes with luscious intensity, if for now not the striking transparency of the corresponding Graacher Himmelreich. (I have not tasted the A.P. #16 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese that was auctioned.)
    Date Reviewed:
    01/2018
    Drinking Window:
    2017 - 2045

    specifications

    country:
    Germany
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    JJ Prüm
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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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