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 18 JJ14-16
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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
94+-pts Wine Advocate– 2018 vintage
The 2018 Zeltinger Sonnenhuhr Spaltese is precise and remarkably refined on the subtle yet complex, terroir driven and slightly flinty nose. Rich and piquant on the palate, with a vital acidity exposition and crunchy grip, this is a serious sustainably structured Spatlese from the “other” Sonnenhuhr.
The finish is so mineral that it tastes almost dry and if not now in 10 to 20 years. This is a great ZSU to be served in a decade or two. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.