2015 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 375 ml

Year: 2015
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 97
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"Peach, apricot and brown spice notes permeate this juicy, vivid white, which is fresh and lively, with a delicate profile and a long, lip-smacking aftertaste. Drink now through 2033. 330 cases made.–BS " (WS)

"The 2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (AP 17) is clear, though still a bit reductive on the nose, offering sweet herbal flavors more than anything else. There are very subtle mineral flavors in the background. The wine is round, highly refined and perfectly balanced on the palate, provided with a lush and sweet fruit, an elegant texture and a stimulating salinity and grip in the finish. This is gorgeous! Keep it for another 5-10 years, though.

Katharina Prüm is very happy with the 2015s, but she is also wondering why this vintage is that enormously hyped, when other exceptional vintages such as 2013 are still underrated.

After a pretty rainy June, 2015 saw the hottest July that Katharina and even her father Manfred Prüm can remember. Then, surprisingly, September was not just rainy but cool—even cooler than the long-term average. This did not just cause pronounced acidities, but it also protected the grapes from severe rot. "Luckily, October was was not only slightly cooler, but also much drier than average, providing excellent harvest conditions," says Katharina Prüm. The harvest started slowly in early October and was finished on November 4th. Team Prüm was able to select all predicate levels from Kabinett to Trockenbeerenauslese, excluding Eiswein.

The resulting wines are very clear, fresh, cool and aromatic on the nose and reveal a remarkable precision. The palate is characterized by its ripe, lush and intense fruit, as well as a racy-piquant acidity. Several of the finest wines were auctioned in Trier (2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese and Auslese; 2015 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Gold Capsule; 2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Long Gold Capsule; and the 2005 Graacher Himmelreich Trockenbeerenauslese), but the 2015 BAs and TBAs will only be auctioned later.

The highlights of the 2015 portfolio beyond the Graacher Himmelreich Trockenbeerenauslese contain several Auslesen and Spätlesen, so there are great new wines for all lovers of the Prüm classics.

Since 2016, Katharina Prüm owns the neighboring Weingut Dr F. Weins-Prüm, whose 2015 vintage was the last one. Whether the name will stay as a brand is not yet clear. Possibly, Katharina will start a new project with a new name besides the family estate. Reasons enough to stay tuned." (WA)

"Heady scents of lily, heliotrope, quince preserves and apple jelly set the stage for a creamy, buoyant palate performance similarly dominated by billowing floral perfume and rich fruit confiture. Although the harmonious, lusciously layered finish lacks the clarity of the corresponding Zeltinger, it displays superb persistence and incorporates a mouthwatering suffusion of mineral salts. Here is another instance where the Prüms’ general observation almost certainly holds true: Wehlener Sonnenuhr needs longer to show its potential than a wine of identical Prädikat from one of their other sites." (VM)

"A whiff of smoke at first, but the nose slowly unfurls. As enormous as it is brilliant, and the interplay of the components is about as sensually ravishing as wine gets. The freshness at the finish is devastatingly beautiful and doesn't want to stop. Better from 2020 and will age for half a century." (JS)