This Wehlener Sonnenuhr from Kerpen is the archetypal Auslese Riesling, although with its 1-star designation from Kerpen and incredible richness, it's certainly at the more unctuous and honeyed end of the Auslese scale. Its wonderfully moderate 7.5% alcohol makes it the perfect lunchtime wine, or indeed as a satisfying finisher at the end of the night when a Port just seems a bit too alcoholic.
Wehlener Sonnenuhr is named after the sundial of Wehlen built in 1842 (pictured above) and many of Germany's most illustrious producers including Loosen and JJ Prum have holdings on the vineyard. Kerpen are a relative bargain compared to the wines of Prum and with the unanimous critical reviews of this International Trophy winning wine, it is a bargain addition to your cellar.
Here's what the critics said:
"Amazing balance, and startling concentration for an Auslese, with some noticeable botrytis character. Massively concentrated aromas of yellow, orange and green citrus fruits, herbs and stony minerality. Still very young, but with amazing potential."
IWSC Judges, Jancis Robinson Trophy for Riesling
"Luscious, honeyed Auslese with obvious botrytis influence. Very sweet wine although the sweetness is balanced by fine, fruity acidity to give the wine wonderful tension. Intense, powerful Riesling - very appealing wine with chalky minerality underpinning exotic honey and ripe stone fruit flavours"
Bob Campbell MW, 96/100
"Pure floral and slatey mineral flavours with a razor-edge piquant and poised palate. This shows the Wehlener Sonnenuhr terroir and the high acid, pure vintage. 15+ years easily."
Raymond Chan, 19/20
From one of Germany's most iconic vineyards
Outstanding Gold & Jancis RobinsonTrophy - International Wine & Spirits Challenge
95/100 - Fine Wine Delivery Co.
Wehlener Sonnenuhr (VAY-len-er ZON-en-ooer) is a world renowned vineyard that produces some of the finest wines in the Mosel off the pure blue slate that form its precipitous slopes. The name translates from the German to mean the sundial of Wehlen, and with 7.5% alcohol and 139 grams/litre of residual sugar, balanced by the trademark Mosel acidity, this is a Mosel you can set your watch by.
SMELLS: A beautiful, pure nose showing marmalade, limes, clove honey, white peach and exotic florals.
TASTES: Beautifully honey on toast on the palate with an unctuous, luscious mouth feel, showing quince jelly, peach, pineapple and coconut (hints of a Malibu and pineapple here...) all cleaned up by surge of freshly squeezed lime acidity. This has the richness and balance to age 15-20 years easily. Perfect before or after dinner with blue cheese and crackers.