Weingut Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

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"Although bottled in May, the Selbach-Oster 2011 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett - not picked until mid-October - still showed yeasty fermentative overtones that initially crowded-out site-typical heliotrope, honeysuckle, and fresh apple. There is a remarkable sense of delicacy to accompany this wine’s subtle creaminess - especially considering how discreet is its sense of sweetness - plus plenty of primary juiciness, flowing into a finish that has a rather watercolour-like effect of suggesting transparency allied to a subtle bleeding of fruity, floral, and mineral colourations into one another. This should be a delight to savour over the coming 8-10 years. 04/13. 90 Points."
David Schildknecht writing for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Country: Germany
Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Vintage: 2011
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Riesling
ABV: 8.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Sparky and energising
Drink With: Sauerkraut and wurst

The Blue Devonian slate soil of Zeltingen is a perfect home for the Riesling grape and give a typical racy edge to this Selbach-Oster Kabinett wine. Picking for Riesling began at Selbach-Oster in the first days of October and had finished by the 26th. “We harvested consistent with a principle on which I put ever-greater emphasis: to pick ripe, but not overripe,” remarked Johannes Selbach. “The luxury we had is that not only did the weather remain stable, but we did not have to deal with volatile acids or acetification” of grapes on the vine. Fruit was typically crushed for the dry wines, but not permitted skin contact, although Selbach emphasised that his usual practice of encouraging relatively long stays on the fine lees for every style of Riesling he crafts was critical to donating structure, complexity, and a sense of stuffing to these products of a relatively low-acid, high-yielding vintage.

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