2019 J.J Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling
Region: Mosel, Germany
Winemaker: Katharina Prum
Established Date: 1911
Graacher Himmelreich directly borders the southern edge of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard. The wines from this site often often challenge those from its more famous neighbor, especially in hot, dry years. Graacher wines attract with their racy acidity, a pronounced minerality (that reminds of crushed rock) and slightly different fruit aromas and flavours (more in the citrus spectrum). Often, the wines become accessible slightly earlier than the Wehlener Sonnenuhr and are deliciously mouth-watering when young. Looking at the vineyard conditions, the hill faces slightly more westwards than the Wehlener Sonnenuhr , i.e. it has a more south-west exposure, it is a little less steep and has deeper soils which act as excellent water reservoirs.
The gold-capsuled 2017 Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Auslese represents a botrytis selection.
Tropical fruit mixes with wet stone minerality. The wine is intense but delicate at the same time. A truly amazing wine that will only improve with a little further ageing.