2017 Riesling, Auslese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Goldkapsel, Joh. Jos. Prüm, Mosel, Germany

2017 Riesling, Auslese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Goldkapsel, Joh. Jos. Prüm, Mosel, Germany

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2017 Riesling, Auslese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Goldkapsel, Joh. Jos. Prüm, Mosel, Germany

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Succulent, white pear with melon dominates the front of the palate with a tight, clear lift showing that this wine is both of the very highest quality level and has the capacity to age very well in the cellar. The second half of the palate reveals yet more spice but with a hint of the tropics – mango and papaya. The finish marches on and on, refined, measured and very special. This is already a complex wine, but please, if you can afford it several years in the cellar first. 2024-2040+.
Gary Owen, Private Account Manager

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Jancis Robinson
“Real struck-match aromatics here! Orchard blossom. And then sugary. Hasn’t come together yet. Lots of acidity. Lots of structure. Like scaffolding around a beautiful building. Hasn’t yet been revealed.16.5+/20.
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James Suckling93/100
This is a world away from the frankly sweet Mosel Spätlese. Instead, it begins with intense lemon and herbal character. The rather dry palate follows with a challenging acidity. Quite a tart, but mineral finish. Drink or hold. 
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About this WINE

Weingut Joh Jos Prum

Weingut Joh Jos Prum

Prüm is one of the finest estates in the Mosel. Founded by Johann Josef Prüm in 1911, the winery rapidly built a reputation for its racy, pure expressions of Riesling, grown on the extraordinarily steep, slate slopes in the heart of the Mosel. Today, the estate is run by Dr Katharina Prüm who watches over 13.5 hectares of vines – including some rare ungrafted vines.

The family’s holdings include many of the Mittelmosel’s most famous sites: Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, Graacher Domprobst, Bernkasteler Lay, Bernkasteler Badstube and Bernkasteler Bratenhöfchen. Yields are low, with the harvest often stretching to late November. The winemaking is meticulous, but the extra effort is worth it. The resulting wines are known for their purity of fruit as well as their distinctive mineral character.

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Riesling's twin peaks are its intense perfume and its piercing crisp acidity which it manages to retain even at high ripeness levels.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings, yet it is responsible for all its greatest wines. It is planted widely on well-drained, south-facing slate-rich slopes, with the greatest wines coming from the best slopes in the best villages. It produces delicate, racy, nervy and stylish wines that cover a wide spectrum of flavours from steely and bone dry with beautifully scented fruits of apples,apricots, and sometimes peaches, through to the exotically sweet flavours of the great sweet wines.

It is also an important variety in Alsace where it produces slightly earthier, weightier and fuller wines than in Germany. The dry Rieslings can be austere and steely with hints of honey while the Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles are some of the greatest sweet wines in the world.

It is thanks to the New World that Riesling is enjoying a marked renaissance. In Australia the grape has developed a formidable reputation, delivering lime-sherbet fireworks amid the continental climate of Clare Valley an hour's drive north of Adelaide, while Barossa's Eden Valley is cooler still, producing restrained stony lime examples from the elevated granitic landscape; Tasmania is fast becoming their third Riesling mine, combining cool temperatures with high UV levels to deliver stunning prototypes.

New Zealand shares a similar climate, with Riesling and Pinot Gris neck to neck in their bid to be the next big thing after Sauvignon Blanc; perfectly suited is the South Island's Central Otago, with its granitic soils and continental climate, and the pebbly Brightwater area near Nelson. While Australia's Rieslings tend to be full-bodied & dry, the Kiwis are more inclined to be lighter bodied, more ethereal and sometimes off-dry; Alsace plays Mosel if you like.

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