2012 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese

2012 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese

For centuries, wine-growing has been tradition in the Prüm family and Weins-Prüm produces some of the finest. The Weins Prüm estate is nestled on the steepest banks of Germany’s serene Mosel River, at the heart of the country’s celebrated Mosel growing region. In 1911, the owner Mathias-Prüm divided the land among his children. The youngest daughter Anna Maria married Dr. Francis wine. Their grandson is the present owner, Bert Selbach. Under his leadership, the property has become one of the region’s most successful wineries, boasting an international reputation for the production of exquisite Rieslings. The winery is a founding member of the elite VDP (Association of German VDP).

Production Area

The Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, or Mosel, is legendary for its Rieslings — there is nothing quite like them in the world. Most of the vineyards in this region are on extremely steep slopes, some as high as 70 degrees. The combination between the very cool growing climate and the excellent exposure of these sloping vineyards produces wines that retain their delicacy and razor-like acidity, even when harvested late. The Mosel has over 500 Einzellagen, or individually named vineyards. The vineyards in Graach are part of an expansive slate mountain that rises above the right bank. This south-west-facing slope towers over the village and is precariously steep, undulating along the one mile (1.5km) of riverbank. Graach has a total of 333 acres (135ha) of vineyards planted almost entirely to Riesling. Two sites have been classified as Erste Lage – Domprobst and Josephshöfer. The name Graacher Dompropst (‘provost’) refers to the dean of Trier cathedral, who at one time received 1/3 of the total taxes raised here. Domprobst is one of the top sites for high-end Riesling.

Grape Varieties

100% Riesling

Style

Sweet

Description

It is fragrant, with a classic Riesling nose of lime, peach, blossom and stony minerals, with a hint of petrol. A fine beam of acidity runs through ripe apple and stone fruit flavors on the palate.

Vinification

Selected grapes are hand-harvested in mid October and, following de-stemming and six hours of skin contact, ferment for nine weeks in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine is bottled under Stelvin closure.

Analysis

Alcohol: 7.23% by vol.
Acidity: 8.0
Residual Sugar: 88.4 g/l

Aging Potential

10-20 years

Serving Suggestions

Perfect to enjoy as an aperitif or with seafood. This is a special wine that can be enjoyed with complex and flavourful dishes.