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Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Riesling 2015

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Importer Note:

As is so often the case at the time of Prüm releases, this is the Prädikat level that is showing the best now. There is obviously more weight here than the Kabinett level wines, though not necessarily more overt sweetness. Rather it is a question of the wines having more power and therefore being able to stand up to richer food. As is befitting a ‘classic’ vintage, we have a Spätlese release from all of the four vineyards from 2014. The Bernkasteler Badstube is, as always, the most delicate and open wine (at this stage) in the line up with delicious jubey and floral fruit. The Graacher Himmelreich is very “Graach” showing racy, ruby grapefruit and nutmeg spice, filigree elegance and class. The Wehlener Sonnenuhr is much denser, more closed and more rock hewn than the Graacher at this stage. The classic stone fruits lurk beneath the surface waiting to explode with time. There’s also nut oil complexity and a rocky, powdery minerality. The finish is long. Just classic Prüm. Finally, the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr shows plenty of ripe, textural and savoury complexity thanks to its rocky soils. Then there is the 2009, a late bottled museum release from Graacher which is still young but obviously is a more open, textural, pulpy and complex drinking experience. Silky, pure and mineral. To be clear, this is not the same bottling that we shipped five years ago, but rather is a wine that was held in tank and only recently bottled. The last time a wine was bottled this late at Prüm was 1998! Hopefully the family don’t wait this long until they try it again. The wine is brilliant. Note that the label is exactly the same as the ‘early bottled’ 2009, only the “AP” number on the side of the bottle is different. Again, this level is for savoury foods only.

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Importer Note:

The Wehlener Sonnenuhr (the sundial of Zeltingen) vineyard has become intrinsically attached to the name of Joh. Jos. Prüm. The Estate owns five hectares of this majestic site – largely plated to ungrafted wines - which has very thin topsoil over pure slate. Riesling guru Stuart Pigott has written;“Joh Jos Prüm’s Sonnenuhrs are classic examples of the way in which the best Mosel wine’s natural sweetness magnifies, rather than obscures, their character. These are a perfect marriage of Riesling’s peach-like, floral and mineral aspects. White wine cannot be fresher, more vivid and delightful.” While the wines of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr can be closed when first released, with time they develop hedonistic textures and seductive characters of ripe peach and kernel. They are wines of great depth and length. Along with neighbouring Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, this is the steepest of Prüm’s blue chip vineyards – a dizzying 65-70% gradient. While all Prüm wines can live and develop for 20 to 50 years plus, it is the wines of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr that are the most legendary for their aging capacity.  

Additional Information

Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMostly Conventional Techniques
Vineyard PracticesMostly Regular Farming Techniques
Product typeWine White Riesling
Sub-RegionWehleener Sonnenuhr

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