Germany 2015: S.A. Prüm Riesling Tasting


We recently played host to top Riesling producer S.A. Prüm, who visited our London office to take us through a brilliant tasting of their wines. From a selection of excellent back-vintages to some of the hotly anticipated 2015s, these are a Riesling lover’s dream...


Last week FINE+RARE were delighted to host Raimund Prüm, the man at the helm of well-respected Mosel winery S.A. Prüm (and from the same origins as Riesling icon J.J.Prum) to taste through a range of their very best wines. On the tasting table was a selection of back vintages alongside the keenly awaited 2015s – wines from a vintage that some are calling the best in living memory.

About S.A. Prüm

Prüm is one of the most famous names in German wine. The Prüm family had been making wine in the Mosel for centuries when their organisation split into two branches in the early 20th century, creating J.J. Prüm and S.A. Prüm. While J.J. Prüm get most of the international attention owing to their focus on exports, relatives S.A. Prüm are just as good, producing beautifully-crafted Rieslings that age for decades.

Wehlener Sonnenuhr: An Iconic Vineyard 

With an average of 80 years of age, S.A. Prüm’s vines represent one of the oldest and best portions of iconic Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard. They are planted exclusively to Riesling and enjoy prime position on Mosel’s steep slopes, where the perfect combination of sunlight and rain helps produce premium grapes. This level of quality is then enhanced by a rigorous approach to quality control, with all grapes having to pass three separate stages of sorting and removal before making it to the press – on the vine, on sorting tables in the vineyard and on arrival at the winery.

The result is a range of gloriously refined, seductive world-class Rieslings that delight the drinker.

S.A. Prüm's Rieslings

We were recently treated to a visit from Raimund Prüm himself to taste through a selection of the back-vintages as well as the hotly-anticipated 2015s. The hype surrounding this vintage has been intense, with many producers calling it the best they have ever had. Raimund is in agreement, commenting that:

"2015 is a real Riesling vintage. This vintage shows a perfect acidity level and so greatly integrated that it is most enjoyable to taste now and/or  lay down these wines for many years to enjoy at perfection. The ageing potential is incredibly long which gives plenty of time to select this vintage for a very nice and impressive tasting 15 - 25 years from now. **2015 to me is comparable with 1985 or even 1995 and 2005 also perfect examples for impressive quality in Riesling.****"

True to form, Prüm's wines did not disappoint. The 2015s were spectacular, already showing beautiful balance and flair, while the back vintages, spanning from 2004 to 2012, demonstrated great concentration and power.

For full notes on the wines tasted, please see below:

The Wines Tasted

2015 Urziger Würzgarten Kabinett

Hints of slate on the palate and a seductive undercurrent of spice. Beautifully crisp and fresh. Layers of tropical fruit. Great intensity and a nice long finish.

2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett

Tightly wound minerality on the palate: grey slate and tin. Pure elegance. Elegant. Nuanced, unique flavours of crisp green pear and tropical fruits, lychee and apricot. Excellent balance, full of pep.

2015 Graacher Himmelraes Spatlese

Fresh citrus and green fruits. Pronounced minerality. Long, elegant finish, full of depth.

2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese

Made from 60-70 year old ungrafted vines. Has a deliciously ripe fruit profile to match a pure and linear minerality. Powerful flavours of stone fruits, apricot give and excellent sweetness that is beautifully balanced by acidity.

 **2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese**

Incredibly pronounced on the nose, intense scent of herbs. Slightly honeyed character on the palate. Perfectly poised, gorgeous acidity that is typical of 2015.

2004 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese

Now beginning to show a beautiful level of development but still has decades to go. Creamy, and buttery on the palate yet with a vivid freshness and minerality. Fruit flavours of pear and apricot, rounded off by a long, intense finish.

We will be offering some of S.A. Prüm's wines very soon; be sure to check our offers page for updates.

For more information in the meantime, please contact your account manager or email us at wine@frw.co.uk


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