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Selbach-Oster Riesling Spätlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2009

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First offering, of a slow-fermenter that’s still not yet bottled; but it’s fun to see this ripe yet elegant comme il faut classic in contrast to the crack-high ‘10s; this is streamlined with the finest possible fruit; subtle botrytis, polish and grace; will go all cox-orange and beeswaxy with age.

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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

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01/14/2012

By far my favorite wine of all times.


External Reviews for Selbach-Oster Riesling Spätlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

The generic Selbach-Oster 2009 Riesling Spatlese - from Zeltinger Himmelreich plus a bit of Kinheimer Hubertuslay - 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 - at 9% alcohol and with only a modest, adeptly-integrated residual sweetness - I would expect it to remain delightful for 12-15 years, and it might well pick up some complexity in the process as well.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

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.


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: The Wine Buyer
09/30/2010

On the dry side, medium body with aromas of peach, pineapple, spice and minerals. Elegant and lightweight, yet very seductive and balanced with intense flavors that build through a long finish.


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
01/10/2013

The generic Selbach-Oster 2009 Riesling Spatlese andmdash; from Zeltinger Himmelreich plus a bit of Kinheimer Hubertuslay andmdash; 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 andmdash; at 9% alcohol and with only a modest, adeptly-integrated residual sweetness andmdash; I would expect it to remain delightful for 12andndash;15 years, and it might well pick up some complexity in the process as well.


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First offering, of a slow-fermenter that’s still not yet bottled; but it’s fun to see this ripe yet elegant comme il faut classic in contrast to the crack-high ‘10s; this is streamlined with the finest possible fruit; subtle botrytis, polish and grace; will go all cox-orange and beeswaxy with age.

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