The vineyards of Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, being the neighbor downstream the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, has a similar sun exposition and steepness, but differs from the latter in as far as the soil is less steep, the roots hit on the firm slate rock sooner and are challenged more, there. The wines of the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr are very complex and show a dense minerality. They are usually more austere than its neighbour vineyards’ wines, and lower in acidity.
Joh. Jos. Prum Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese JJ14-16 2017
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94pts The Wine Advocate– 2016 vintage
FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
Katharina’s 2016 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese (AP 06 17) is super clear, precise and aromatic on the nose, showing good concentration that is perfectly interwoven with the smoky minerality of the Sonnenuhr. Super lush and round on the palate, this is a gorgeously rich and supple Spätlese with remarkable finesse and elegance.
The acidity is ripe and fully integrated. The Zeltinger drinks perfectly today—and it won’t survive in any cellar, because you just can’t resist it.
92pts Wine Spectator – 2017 vintage
FOR THE 2017 VINTAGE
Elegant and crisp, yet rich and flavorful, combining flavors of currant, honeysuckle and passion fruit that meet with slate notes on the well-defined, lingering finish. Needs some air now, but better to put this in the cellar and forget about for some time. Best from 2022 through 2034. 70 cases made. — AZ
93pts Wine Enthusiast– 2017 vintage
FOR THE 2017 VINTAGE – 93 POINTS
The 2017 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese is fine and flinty on the highly elegant and beautifully slatey nose with its discreet and refined flinty aromas. Salty-piquant and fresh on the palate, this Spätlese has a lot of elegance, charm and finesse and is quite creamy textured on the finish.
This is a crystalline Riesling, and its finish is crunchy, fresh and piquant, with a creamy texture and good tension but also a frisky and serious character. You can enjoy the wine today, but cellaring makes much more sense for now. Tasted in March 2019.