JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Goldkap 2010 Magnum
Goldkapsel indicates that the wine is made from later picked, higher must-weight (Beerenauslese+ level) and often botrytised berries. These extraordinary wines live and evolve for many decades. They can certainly work with appropriately matched desserts (fruit based). These wines, as the name clearly suggests, are designated by a golden capsule. These are some of the most revered Rieslings on the planet.
This is Wehlener Sonnenuhr writ-large. As you would expect at this level and from this vintage, this is an astonishingly beautiful wine. Rich, intense and profoundly multifaceted yet nonetheless wonderfully ethereal and refined. Somehow – and don’t ask us how - a tightly coiled seam of mineral slatey-ness and tangy grip keeps the stunning package of concentrated stone fruits, pastilles, smoke, pungent citrus and white florals, all tightly woven and ravishingly refreshing. It’s an Auslese for the ages, so much so that you could fill a room with this wine’s ambition.
Golden yellow. Rich, smoky aromas of dried apricot, baked apple and white raisins. Sumptuous papaya fruit texture with the weight of honey-glazed botrytis is elevated by an ethereal minerality. Complex brown spices on the impressively long finish. One of the three finest ausleses of the vintage. 98 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 12