Riesling Auslese, Wehlen Sonnenuhr
Mosel (V.D.P. Grosse Lage)
The Prüm family’s roots in the Mosel region of Germany date back as far as 1156, making it one the country’s preeminent winemaking dynasties. Their incredible Riesling portfolio reflects traditional winemaking practices with exceptional single vineyard designated wines in every style. Family-owned S.A. Prüm, founded in 1911 by Sebastian Alois Prüm, was in the hands of Raimund Prüm, head winemaker and Sebastian’s grandson, from 1971to 2017. Under Raimund’s leadership the property has earned a reputation as one of the most successful wineries in Germany’s celebrated Mosel wine region. Today his daughter Saskia A. Prüm is taking care of the success of the family business.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
The estate comprises 40 acres of vineyards planted principally with Riesling. Over 15 acres of S.A. Prüm’s holdings are located within the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr (“sundial of Wehlen”) domain. Named for the historic sundial painted on an outcrop of slate by a Prüm ancestor back in 1842, the incredibly steep Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard is a renowned source of what is arguably Germany’s finest Riesling. Here vines average 80 years and older and benefit from plentiful sunshine – a critical factor in the world’s northernmost wine producing country. The soil is comprised of layers of finely decomposed, mineral-rich slate. Underneath, deep-lying aquifers provide the vines with adequate water during dry periods.WINEMAKING
Carefully selected fully-ripened, botrytis-touched grapes were hand-harvested on October. Following a period of maceration on the skins and five weeks of fermentation, the wine was aged for two months in stainless steel and three months in fuder (old 1,000 liter capacity oak barrels). The wine was then bottled under natural cork. Ageing potential 35 years.TASTING NOTES
Highly aromatic, with scents recalling cantaloupe, sweet apricot and minerals. Medium-bodied, complex and refined, with rich fruit flavors underscored by nuances of mineral and slate.