Daily Wine 5/25/17:
Joh. Jos. Prüm – Graacher Himmelreich – Riesling – Spätlese – Mosel – 2004
- Founded in 1911.
- Owned and produced by Drs. Manfred and Katharina Prüm. Dr. Manfred took over in 1969 and Katharina is his oldest daughter.
- The Himmelreich vineyard in the village of Graach has deep soils with weathered Devonian slate and pockets of blue slate.
- The deep soils provide great water maintenance for the vines.
- A founding member of the VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter), which sets regulations and classifies vineyards throughout Germany to protect the consumer and attract producers whom are committed to top quality wine production.
- Fermented with almost exclusively indigenous yeast.
- Spätlese refers to a classification of ripeness for when the grape is picked. This wine is sweet; however, wines labeled spätlese may be dry on the palate depending on when fermentation ends. These grapes are harvested late and develop more sugars.
- Pair this with spicy foods, rich and fatty meats like pork belly, roasted vegetables, delicate cheeses, and dried fruits.