Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese 2005 - 92 points, Wine Spectator/ Amber-hued, displaying concentrated flavors of peach, apple butter and dried apricot accented by iodine and spice. The powerful finish boasts smoke and mineral notes, with hints of tropical fruits.Add winemaker's notes
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Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese 2005 - 92 points, Wine Spectator/ Amber-hued, displaying concentrated flavors of peach, apple butter and dried apricot accented by iodine and spice. The powerful finish boasts smoke and mineral notes, with hints of tropical fruits.
S.A Prüm is a family-owned wine estate nestled on the banks of Germany’s serene Mosel River, at the heart of the country’s celebrated Mosel-Saar-Ruwer growing region. Here, the Prüm family has cultivated vines for over 200 years. The estate has been in the hands of Raimund Prüm, owner and winemaker, since 1971 when he assumed full management. Under his leadership, the property has become one of the region’s most successful wineries, boasting an international reputation for the production of exquisite Rieslings. Production Area This estate-bottled, single-vineyard Riesling is produced from grapes grown in the famed gray slate soil of the renowned Wehlener Sonnenuhr which has recently been designated an Erste Lage – or top vineyard site by the VDP. The gray slate soils of the Sonnenuhr (sundial) vineyard have a high tin content which lends minerality to the wines. Ancestor Jodocus Prüm erected the famous sundial in 1842, which became a hallmark for the mid-Mosel area. The soil of this famous domain is comprised of Devonian gray slate, and soft slate with a high tin content, which adds a distinctive, fresh minerality to the wines. This is the best vineyard in the Mosel River, with a southerly aspect. The altitude is between 130-330 meters, with a steep 60% slope. The mountains’ treeline, rising above the vineyards, blocks cold winds from entering the valley. Grape Varieties 100% Riesling Vinification Perfectly over-ripened, botrytis-affected grapes are hand-selected and harvested late October. Fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks, where the wine remained until March. Bottled under natural cork. Color Gold Bouquet Sweet nectarine, apricot and candied peaches Taste Complex fruit aromas carry through onto the palate, where they blend seamlessly with caramel notes and traces of slate, underscored by a bracing acidity Alcohol 9% Serving Suggestions Exceptional on its own or paired with pâtés, foie gras and creamy cheeses
/ Viscous, almost oily in texture, this is several vintages older than most of the recent samples, yet it seems so un-evolved that it’s not out of place. Honey and dried spices are the predominant themes, with citrusy fruit making up the core. Should evolve glacially through at least 2025.
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese 2006 - 96 Points & Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast/ As delicate and spry as a silken mist, this sweet-style Riesling balances honeyed apricot and peach flavors against a backdrop of intense minerality and acidity. It darts and dances on the tongue yet penetrates deeply, leaving a long lasting impression. It’s approachable now, yet should improve till at least 2025.
/ A dessert in itself. Deeply aromatic and voluptuous, with honeyed apricot, wildflowers and candied citrus. Racy acidity keeps things focused and mouthwatering through the complex finish. Ready to drink now and over the next four or five years.
/ Very few wines, if any, are able to compare with this one: florid, balanced, with an almost supernatural combination of lightness and fulsomeness, complex fruit - nectarine, apricot, candied peach - aromas blend in the palate with rich caramel and traces of mineral and slate, all with a zingy acidity. Limited production.