2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Offer
2016 was an extreme year: the first half cool and damp, the second warm and dry, with a particularly sunny September, followed by a glorious October. The harvest at the estate started on 10th October, and extended to the 14th November, with a series of beautiful Auslese Goldkapsel, and a tiny quantity of Beerenauslese.
The wines are attractive and relaxed, with a pronounced minerality. Not surprisingly, their great longevity is a sure thing.
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2016 GRAACHER HIMMELREICH Kabinett [07 17] (PRUM10216A)
Packed with ripe white-peach fruit and a smoky dark minerality, this is balanced by vibrant citrus flavours and a long juicy finish.
2016 WEHLENER SONNENUHR Kabinett [11 17] (PRUM12216A)
A magical wine ' effortless, poised and pure. This has it all: smoky pithy citrus flavours, perfumed floral notes, an abundance of white-peach fruit, astonishing finesse, and a long juicy mineral finish.
2016 GRAACHER HIMMELREICH Spätlese [08 17] (PRUM20216A)
Smooth, rich and vibrant, this has delightfully elegant floral and white-peach flavours interwoven with dark mineral notes. There is a long energetic juicy finish.
2016 WEHLENER SONNENUHR Spätlese [12 17] (PRUM22216A)
Charm itself: transparent, pure and effortless, each element stands out clearly and combines in a harmonious whole. It is perfumed, floral and playful, with a zinging creamy minerality that makes it taste almost dry. Quite lovely.
2016 GRAACHER HIMMELREICH Auslese [09 17] (PRUM30216B)
Magical poise and bags of energy on this vibrant, dense and elegant wine. There is ripe pure yellow plum and pithy grapefruit, lemon-tinged acidity and a smoky melting minerality on a long, powerful finish.
2016 WEHLENER SONNENUHR Auslese [13 17] (PRUM32216A)
All things to all men: delightful ease and charm, but also serious depth and complexity. There is white peach and hints of riper tropical fruit, vibrant citrus acidity and a hugely intense smoky minerality that keeps the wine focussed, pure, and tasting almost dry. It is effortless, ethereal, and while delicious now, will provide pleasure for many decades. (Did I mention that I liked it')
2016 BERNKASTELER LAY Auslese Goldkapsel [05 17] (PRUM39216A)
We are seeing more bottlings of this vineyard recently, which was previously blended into the Badstube. This is a good thing, as it produces very fine wines of individuality and character. The south-facing slope gives ripe wines, this year with a lovely pure botrytis that lends a creamy note to rich fruit and smoky minerality, and there is beautiful balance and intensity on the long finish.
2016 WEHLENER SONNENUHR Auslese Goldkapsel [14 17] (PRUM40216A)
A wondrous experience. There is great depth of very ripe fruit with strong citrus elements shading into the tropical, balanced by a juicy ripe acidity and a massive hit of vanishingly fine smoky mineral flavours that, astonishingly, make the finish almost dry. A considerable achievement, which will be best enjoyed some years after bottling.
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