Joh.Jos.Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Eiswein-Auslese (QmP; A.P.Nr. 12576511-21-76; EA) Wehlen/Mosel 1975: Deep golden/burnished bronze color; slight earthy/dusty honey graham/graham cracker/rather honeyed some old German R/slight Mosel valve oil no botrytis quite complex nose; very acidic/screechy slightly sweet very strong honeyed/honey graham/bit passito slight earthy/dusty old German R/bit valve oil very complex flavor; very long/lingering very acidic/screechy slightly sweet rather passito/honey graham/graham cracker old R/slight Mosel valve oil finish; no signs of botrytis whatsoever; a rather strange/unusual of old Mosel R but quite complex & interesting.
A wee BloodyPulpit:
'71 & '76 were great yrs for German wines w/ lots of ripeness, lots of acidity, and lots of botrytis. '75 was a hot yr when the had a lot of ripeness but not that much botrytis. This was a rather strange expression of an old Mosel Auslese because of the lack of botrytis. Nonetheless, quite an interesting wine more like an old passito than an old Mosel Auslese.
There is no restriction related to botrytis in Eiswein. Granted many have preferred “clean” fruit for Eiswein, but it’s not a codified difference. I see a lot more botrytis affected eisweins these days. I am not as fond of them.
Regarding the pradikat level, Eiswein did not have formal minimum ripeness requirements until the early 1980s (I always forget if it was 1982 or 1983).
Well, John… you have to have been there.
I use the term “gout de petrol” and “Mosel valve oil” frequently, often together. My usage of “Mosel valve oil” is something unique to my smell library. When I was growing up (something I’ve not yet completed successfully), my older brother, in high school, used to play the trumpet. He had a little btl of a lubricant that he used to lubricate the trumpet valves. Sometimes he’d allowed me to put some on my fingertips and apply it to the valves. I loved that smell. It’s a lot like the pungent “gout de petrol” but more aromatic and high-toned. That’s the only way I can describe it.
I have a very weird olfactory library lurking inside my head.
I had a very short stint as a coronet player as a child but that actually makes perfect sense as a distinct smell that is more akin to various machine part oils or greases than a gasoline smell. And it’s not a motor oil / petrol / gasoline / diesel smell.
This post is particularly delightful if you imagine it as a subtitled recording between a few chain smoking Japanese working in a Porsche tuning shop in Tokyo and debating the proper vintage Oil smells in proper vintage Porsches over the decades…