J.J. Prum Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2017
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The 2017 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese (Gold Capsule), AP 14 18, is pure and concentrated on the nose, where citrus confit and grapefruit aromas are displayed. The wine is silky textured, seamless and elegant on the palate, with sensual, lush, sweet fruit but also firm grip and mineral tension. This is far too young and rich to be enjoyed anytime soon. The finish is highly stimulating, fresh, crisp and very salty—simply gorgeous. It's richer and sweeter than the Himmelreich GK and needs more time (for my personal taste). Tasted in March 2019.
Following the Mosel River as it slithers and weaves dramatically through the Eifel Mountains in Germany’s far west, the Mosel wine region is considered by many as the source of the world’s finest and longest-lived Rieslings.
Mosel’s unique and unsurpassed combination of geography, geology and climate all combine together to make this true. Many of the Mosel’s best vineyard sites are on the steep south or southwest facing slopes, where vines receive up to ten times more sunlight, a very desirable condition in this cold climate region. Given how many twists and turns the Mosel River makes, it is not had to find a vineyard with this exposure. In fact, the Mosel’s breathtakingly steep slopes of rocky, slate-based soils straddle the riverbanks along its entire length. These rocky slate soils, as well as the river, retain and reflect heat back to the vineyards, a phenomenon that aids in the complete ripening of its grapes.
Riesling is by far the most important and prestigious grape of the Mosel, grown on approximately 60% of the region’s vineyard land—typically on the desirable sites that provide the best combination of sunlight, soil type and altitude. The best Mosel Rieslings—dry or sweet—express marked acidity, low alcohol, great purity and intensity with aromas and flavors of wet slate, citrus and stone fruit. With age, the wine’s color will become more golden and pleasing aromas of honey, dried apricot and sometimes petrol develop.