JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2006 375ml
I enjoyed the wines of JJ Prum before I got to visit in 2008. But after that, it is love. So much so I stashed a lot of their wines away because they need a lot of time.
Joh. Jos. Prüm, founded by Johann Josef Prüm in 1911. The estate owns 13.5ha of vines in total spread throughout some of the best vineyards in the Mosel. Complemented by an older average age of the vines, 70% of which remain ungrafted. Low cropping, late harvesting and careful selection of berries at picking means that only the best grapes make it into the winery, and winemaking process involves as little intervention as possible to allow the final wines to reflect the vintage and terroir.
The sundial of Wehlen is the most famous vineyard in the village and possibly the whole Mosel. Known as being larger than average, the wines it produces can age gracefully. Like most of Wehlen look for power and intensity in the wines that sit over the acid.
The most notable of a star list of German Riesling producing regions. The steep sun-drenched hills get the fruit ripe while the cold climate allows for a long growing season that maintains acidity and mature flavours. Sugar is left in the wines the balance out the acid and the fruit Kabinett and late picked Spatlese can finish dry and savoury. The sweeter Auslese, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese are all exercises in intensity and complexity.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Get wonderful Riesling from Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.
Means selection. The winemakers are picking the bunches that will make the style of wine they want, these are some of the sweetest wines you find in Mosel. They can have no botrytis all the way up to full infection. Intense, dense and really need a good time to age. They can have nice mineral and savoury elements to balance the fruit and they should have sufficient acid to keep everything in check. They best can be endlessly layered, like wandering into a labyrinth the path will always be changing and evolving.