Selbach-Oster Riesling Auslese Zeltinger Sonnenuhr 2008

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The Selbach-Oster Spatlese is creamy-textured and light to medium-bodied. Feminine and graceful it seduces the taster with its lush pear and apple-flavored character. Anticipated maturity now-2014.

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Selbach-Oster:
At Weingut Selbach-Oster we can trace wine-growing in the family back to the year 1660. We grow Riesling on 20 hectares (50 acres, as per harvest 2007) of steep, south facing mountain slopes that face the Mosel River . The Selbach-Oster vineyards are located on some of the best vineyard land in the heart of the Mosel wine country called “ Mittelmosel”: Zeltingen (with Sonnenuhr, ... Read more
At Weingut Selbach-Oster we can trace wine-growing in the family back to the year 1660. We grow Riesling on 20 hectares (50 acres, as per harvest 2007) of steep, south facing mountain slopes that face the Mosel River . The Selbach-Oster vineyards are located on some of the best vineyard land in the heart of the Mosel wine country called “ Mittelmosel”: Zeltingen (with Sonnenuhr, Schlossberg and Himmelreich), Wehlen (with Sonnenuhr), Graacher (with Domprobst and Himmelreich) and Bernkastel (with Badstube). With 55% proportion we still use the traditional “Fuder “ barrel made from German oak (This is old oak since we do not want woody flavours to mask the purity of fruit and soil flavour. A “Fuder” holds 1000 litres). The balance in our cellars is stainless steel and a little bit of fi-berglass tanks with a maximum size of 3000 litres per unit, ensuring low temperatures dur-ing fermentation and with it the preservation of freshness and delicacy of aroma. More than 50 % of Selbach-Oster vineyards are still planted with very old, ungrafted vines, yielding very concentrated fruit from small berries. Weingut Selbach-Oster is ranked by the German press as one of the best three dozen produc-ers in all of Germany and amongst the top ten in the Mosel. In the international press, Sel-bach-Oster is rated correspondingly high (Hugh Johnson, Robert Parker, Wine Spectator) and regularly ranks amongst the top two dozen German estates. Read less

External Reviews for Selbach-Oster Riesling Auslese Zeltinger Sonnenuhr

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Not much aroma here, but the flavors express lemon, orange and vanilla matched to a creamy structure. Itrsquo;s well-balanced and long, with a tangy finish. Best from 2007 through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The generic Selbach-Oster 2009 Riesling Spatlese mdash; from Zeltinger Himmelreich plus a bit of Kinheimer Hubertuslay mdash; offers simple but luscious apple and pear fruit, with a saline streak that makes for an invigorating and lip-smacking finish. Give such impeccable balance mdash; at 9% alcohol and with only a modest, adeptly-integrated residual sweetness mdash; I would expect it to remain delightful for 12ndash;15 years, and it might well pick up some complexity in the process as well.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2004 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese A.P. #18 smells alluringly of white peach, lily, and vanilla and offers a creamy, nutty, enveloping palate of ripe white peach, vanilla, juicy lime and pink grapefruit, citrus, and liquid stone. This is one of those periodic Selbach wines that sets the record straight: this neighbor to the better-known Wehlener Sonnenuhr is a great vineyard in its own right and capable, as in this instance, of delivering intricate interplay of fruit and mineral, gravity defying weightlessness with fullness, and superb ageability. The elegant, laid-back, and effortlessly long finish reprises flowers, vanilla, pit fruits, citrus, and slate, along with low toned nut oils, honey, and herbs. If the finishing impression is still somehow restrained, thatrsquo;s simply an accurate reflection of the fact that this fascinating and gorgeous wine mdash; which needless to say represents an extraordinary value mdash; will only become more so over the next two decades.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This is on the drier side, its lively acidity framing flavors of citrus and grapefruit pith. It is unusually subtle and elegant, its fruit both juicy and reserved.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

Subtle bouquet of peach stone, cinnamon and lemon zest. Apricot fruit remains light and elegant on the palate, with refreshing acidity providing definition and lift. Mineral salts accent the pleasingly refreshing finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Open, delicate and gossamer in texture, framing the apple, lime and spice flavors. This is balanced on the vibrant, juicy side, with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2022.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

Racy flavors of quince, peach and spiced pear fill this vibrant white. The long finish of strudel shows hints of butter, and is lush, creamy and elegant. Drink now through 2021.


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The Selbach-Oster Spatlese is creamy-textured and light to medium-bodied. Feminine and graceful it seduces the taster with its lush pear and apple-flavored character. Anticipated maturity now-2014.

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