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2020 J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling

$105.00

Region: Mosel, Germany

Variety: Riesling

An estate more traditional than a bottle of Kabinett with schnitzel. Founded in 1911 by Johan Joseph Prüm and now helmed by the fourth generation of Prüm, Katerina, the wines of this estate are honest and elegant expressions of the vineyards they work with.

Although a pleasure to drink in their vivacious youth, patience is truly rewarded—particularly with the Spätlese and Auslese Pradikats. 

For heralded Mosel producer Johannes Selbach, 2020 was "the longest harvest ever recorded" resulting in wines that are more elegant than 2018 and less powerful than 2019.

Producers from further afield like Cornelius Dönnhoff and Theresa Breuer reported similar experiences, with Cornelius making the bold claim that the "fruit was perfect" and Theresa highlighting that the conditions allowed for "excellent ripeness". 

"The 2020 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese offers a quite rich and even slightly ripe nose of almond cream and bakery products as well as honeyed yellow peach, William’s pear, apricot, and anise, all wrapped into smoky and refined elements. The wine coats the palate with ample and sweet fruits, which give a smoother and ampler structure to the wine. The finish has however more presence and intensity, but still needs to integrate its tale of initial sweetness. This clearly has some upside potential as it gains finesse and elegance over time." — Mosel Fine Wines