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Joh Jos Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2021

Joh Jos Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2021

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Joh Jos Prüm is a family-owned winery located in the heart of the Mosel region of Germany, known for producing some of the finest Riesling wines in the world. The history of the estate can be traced back to the early 20th century when Johann Josef Prüm established his winery. Today, the estate is under the direction of Katharina Prüm, who has continued the family legacy of producing stunning Riesling wines. The vineyards are situated on slopes with steep inclines that allow for optimal sun exposure, and the slate soil provides a unique minerality that is a signature characteristic of Joh Jos Prüm wines. The wines produced by Joh Jos Prüm are known for their balance, complexity and exceptional aging potential. The Kabinett wines are light and elegant, with notes of citrus, apricot and mineral.

The Mosel wine region is situated along the Mosel River in Germany. This region is renowned for producing some of the best Riesling wines in the world. The steep slopes of its vineyards, which rise from the riverbank, provide ideal conditions for grape cultivation. The unique terroir of the region, which consists of a combination of climate, soil, and vineyard sites, produces wines with a distinct flavour profile.

Joh. Jos. Prüm's vineyards are a hallmark of the estate's success. The winery maintains a total of 14 hectares of holdings in several vineyards, including Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, Bernkasteler Lay, Bernkasteler Badstube and Zeltinger Sonnenuhr. All of these sites are exclusively dedicated to growing and harvesting Riesling grapes for Joh. Jos. Prüm. Of these sites, Wehlener Sonnenuhr and Graacher Himmelreich are the most essential for the winery, both in terms of quantity and quality. Seventy percent of the vines across these vineyards are ungrafted, indicating that the winery holds true to traditional winemaking practices. Depending on the specific vintage, the average annual production of wine is typically between 10,000 to 13,000 cases. Prüm's vineyards are dedicated solely to Riesling production, with the Wehlener Sonnenuhr and Graacher Himmelreich vineyards being the most important.

Riesling Auslese is a type of sweet white wine that is crafted from late-harvested Riesling grapes. The grapes are hand-picked and left to mature on the vine, which results in a high concentration of natural sugars. This process produces a wine that is known for its rich, honeyed sweetness and intense flavors of apricot, peach and citrus. The level of sweetness can vary depending on the winemaker's preference, but typically, Riesling Auslese is sweeter than other Riesling wines. The German word "Auslese" translates to "selection," indicating that only the best grapes are chosen for making Riesling Auslese.

The Joh Jos Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2021 is a wine of exceptional purity and remarkable clarity. On the nose, it offers a bouquet of slate, citrus, and flowers, with hints of lime adding a tangy note. The palate is full-bodied and weighty, with a noticeable sweetness complemented by fresh grapefruit flavors. The wine is pure and chalky in texture, punctuated by a fine mineral edge that accentuates its depth. With its notes of peach and green apple on the first day, the true magic of this wine is revealed on the third day, when the fervent petrol flavors that this producer and region are known for emerge. Overall, this is an outstanding Riesling Auslese that showcases everything that makes this wine style so special.

The Joh Jos Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2021 is a wine that embodies exceptional purity and remarkable clarity. Its nose offers a captivating blend of slate, citrus and floral aromas, perfectly balanced with hints of tangy lime. On the palate, this full-bodied wine offers a weighty and satisfying experience, with a noticeable sweetness that is complemented by fresh and invigorating grapefruit flavors. Its pure and chalky texture is punctuated by a fine mineral edge, which creates a depth of flavour that is truly remarkable. While notes of peach and green apple can be enjoyed on the first day, the true magic of this wine emerges on the third day with the fervent petrol flavors that this producer and region are famously known for. Joh Jos Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2021 is an exceptional Riesling Auslese that embodies the very essence of what makes this wine style so unique and special.

The 2021er Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese greets one with an appealing and magnificently complex nose of anise, orange zest, poached pear, yellow peach, jasmine, smoke, and candied pineapple. The wine coats the palate with intense fruity, ripe, yet refreshing flavors. It is impressively present and aromatic and leaves a hugely long and assertive finish. The aftertaste is beautifully focused and led by smoke and candied grapefruit. What a stunningly complex and playful Auslese! 2031-206 - Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Mosel Fine Wines, 96 Points

The 2021 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese is concentrated and fresh on the aromatic nose that is immediately present but also still reductive. Ripe stone fruit aromas intermingle with notes of crushed stones on a deep foundation of aromas from the soil and the fruit of old vines. On the palate, the 2021 is very fine but also intense, savory, saline and lush, leading to a long, intense and highly digestible finish with crunchy and cleansing slate features. Again, this is a fabulous Auslese from Prüm's iconic Sonnenuhr. 7% stated alcohol. - Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, 97 Points

The Finer Details
Style - White Wine
Varietal - Riesling
Country - Germany
Region - Mosel
Vintage - 2021
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 7%

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