The 2016 Wehlener “Sonnenuhr” Spätlese AP #12 was another wine from the vintage that I had a chance to retaste in May at the estate and came away as impressed as I was back in February. The gorgeous nose jumps from the glass in a classic blend of pear, white cherry, orange zest, bee pollen, vanilla bean, a great base of slate, spring flowers and the faintest hint of petrol. On the palate the wine is medium-full, zesty and absolutely precise, with great depth and nascent complexity, perfect balance and a very long, very youthful and very, very promising finish. This will be a great bottle of Spätlese from the Wehlener Sonnenuhr! (Drink between 2025-2065)
Welcome to the heart of the Mosel! A great floral beauty with an extremely precise balance of delicate fruit sweetness and filigree acidity. Drink or hold.
The 2016 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese (AP 23 17) is still discreet, floral and finely mineral rather than fruity on the nose compared to the other 2016 Spätlesen. Lush, piquant and juicy on the palate, this is a firm but sensual Sonnenuhr with remarkable finesse, lightness and lingering salinity. Tasted March 2018. (SR)
Headily sweet scents of gardenia, lily and honeysuckle mingle with those of fresh apple and pear, setting the tone for a succulently fruity, delicate palate loaded with inner-mouth perfume. With an enveloping sense of richness, the finish lingers lusciously, almost decadently. It would be a shame not to allow this some time in bottle before uncorking – advice which the Prüms would emphatically give you about all of their wines! (I have not tasted the A.P. #15 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese that was auctioned.) (DS)
Intense but lithe, with lively acidity that provides fine cut to the mango, slate and chamomile flavors. A savory mineral note stands out toward the end, with graceful floral hints lingering on the pure-tasting finish. Drink now through 2038.
Revealing a hint of green in its color, the 2016 Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese is rocking stuff that delivers mouthwatering notes of sweet peach, sugared citrus, and mint in a medium-bodied, off-dry, balanced style. It’s one of the more fruit forward efforts here yet stays vibrant, clean, and balanced.
This is just beginning to settle into itself, the wine’s reductive scents turning toward kelp and umami, the fruit finding crisp definition among notes of peach jam and red-blushed mangos. It’s earthy, fruity and fascinating, and structured to age well.
Generous fruit and ginger scent with apricot and sweet citrus on the palate. Has the extra weight that is missing from the Graacher. Tremendous nerve. (RH)
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