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2016 Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling


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Our Price: $79.99 / bottle (RRP: $90.00 ) Case: 1 x 750ml

'This is a really complex Spätlese that is highly stimulating today and will still be so in 20 or 30 years.'
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

  • So what is the secret to the quality of the J.J. Prüm wines? The answer, as always, lies mostly in the vineyards, backed up by winemaking of the highest order. Great sites, old vines, the lowest yields, very late harvesting and selection of only the best berries. In the winery the winemaking is as natural as possible with as little intervention as possible. The wines typically need several years to start showing their best and can live and develop for decades. Generally speaking, the later the harvest, the longer the wine can live, so Spatlese is more age worthy than Kabinett, Auslese more so than Spatlese, and so on.


    Graacher Himmelreich directly borders the southern edge of the famous 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 2016 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese is discreet and smoky on the deep, well-defined nose. Juicy-piquant and salty on the well-structured and refreshingly mineral palate, the Himmelreich is tight and expressive, with the sweetness superbly balanced by the spicy, grippy phenols/minerals. This is a really complex Spätlese that is highly stimulating today and will still be so in 20 or 30 years.'
    95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    'Juicy but super elegant and refined with great mineral freshness, making this an extremely attractive wine. And yes, this has some sweetness but you'd hardly think so. Where are those spicy prawns? Drink or hold.'
    94 Points - JamesSuckling.com

    'A little more honeyed on the nose compared with the Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett. Less typically smoky though there is a little bit of that on the palate. Generous in fruit, gentle in texture and wonderfully balanced. Very, very good.'
    17.5 / 20 Points - JancisRobinson.com

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