2013 Joh Jos Prum Zeltlinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese
2013 is seen by the Prum family as the finest vintage since the legendary 1976 vintage, and uniquely this year one with only Auslese wines commercially released. A long, slow ripening season with a very late harvest with high levels of botrytis has created wines with added richness and depth, but also high levels of ripe acidity. These will be extremely long lived wines, but approachable young, and each expressing their vineyard origin with exacting clarity.
“Despite the high concentration, mainly achieved by the remarkable noble rot, which often requires much more patience in the early stage of development, these wines are opening earlier than we expected and are already very attractive now. The botrytis is very clean and clear, the aromas and flavors intense and juicy, and the vibrant acidity gives the wines a surprising freshness. These [are] unique wines with their extreme intensity and tension…” -Katharina Prüm
Under-ripe herbal and green apple flavors on the cool nose of the 2013 Zeltlinger Sonnenuhr Auslese intermix with stony, gravelly as well as lemon aromas. Sweet and well concentrated on the palate but piquant and provided with green apple flavors the 7.5% Auslese from 2013 is much less juicy and lush than in 2012 but very stimulating and mouth-cleaning. This will always be a quaffable drinking wine with a firm structure.(AP #1314)
Stephan Reinhardt eRobertParker.com #217 (Feb 2015)
Rich golden yellow. Candied pineapple, white peach and lemon oil brighten the bewitching nose. The sweet tropical fruit nectars are kept elegant by the wine's almost salty minerality. Extremely long, with spicy sweetness on the finish, this is an alluring Riesling.
Joel B. Payne Vinousmedia.com