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J.J. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese 1998

April 16, 2007

img_2328.jpgFor most Riesling lovers the wines from the German Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region are among the finest expression of this noble variety. Those low-alcohol and elegant wines are truly unique with a continuous play between highly aromatic – often sweet – fruit and bracing acidity. Top wines from this region can only be produced from grapes of the highest quality grown on the steep heat-retaining slate-soil vineyards. High above the river the vines are protected against the cold winds and exposed to the northern sun so that the grapes ripen sufficiently in this cool climate. Along the meandering Mosel there are many of such sites, all with their own unique location and soil composition. It is therefore no wonder that those terroirs produce such distinguished and different wines. One of the most famous vineyards is the Wehelner Sonnenuhr near the village of Graach. Although producers like Willi Schaefer and Dr. Loosen make very fine wines from this vineyard, this site is inextricable linked with Dr. Manfred Prüm from Weingut  Joh. Jos. Prüm. Recognised as one of the world’s best white winemakers, Prüm crafts supremely elegant and sophisticated Spätlese and Auslese – and Beerenauslese and Trockenberenauslese in the better vintages – out of the grapes grown on this site. The 1998 Sonnenuhr Auslese is one of these classics that demonstrates the virtues of great Riesling. This deep golden wine shows quite a few contrasts. The intense and complex nose runs through ripe apricot and nectarine, honey and marmelade to be balanced by real fresh lime flavours. All this carries on to the palate where an impeccable balance between sweetness and acidity gives the wine the focus it needs. The same message is send by the finish that is smooth, silky, long and lingering. A great wine for anyone with a sweet tooth. 92 points.

Source: Splendour West (Bellarmine wines) Price: $42  Drink: Now-2010

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