November 1, 2012: News, Wines of the Month

2011er Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese

The wine highlighted in November is a beautifully well crafted Spätlese offering great drinking fun

(image: Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm, all rights reserved)

Dr. Manfred Prüm and his daughter Katharina from the Joh. Jos. Prüm Estate are well-known for crafting some of the most beautifully well-balanced Spätlese each year. Surprise, surprise, the Estate did it again in 2011! The Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese is a magnificent wine which combines the rich complexity of fully ripe grapes with the precision and drinking fun so typical of the Estate. However, patience will be needed for this wine to deliver its full potential and we urge our readers tempted to drink these kind of wines in their youth to open their bottles well (possibly days!) in advance and/or decant the wine.

The Estate produced a stunning collection of wines in 2011 which underlines, if need be, why this Estate is considered by many as the "champion of intense lightness". The complete Estate Review as well as the tasting notes are available in Issue No 20 (October 2012).


Joh. Jos. Prüm

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese


This wine is all about white peach, white flowers and delicate smoky slate delivered in one of these great juicy Auslese packages of the 1990s or 1980s. The feel on the palate is clean and fresh and a delicate touch of creaminess just adds to the feeling of length in the after-taste without however adding anything weighty. This gorgeous effort is still on the reduced side at this stage and in need of some bottle age in order to find its primary balance. But what a beautiful wine in the making! It may indeed even warrant a higher rating than initially expected at maturity. 2023-2041

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