White, Ready, but will keep

2010 Zeltinger Schlossberg, Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster, Mosel

2010 Zeltinger Schlossberg, Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster, Mosel

White | Ready, but will keep | Weingut Selbach-Oster | Code:  10497 | 2010 | Riesling | Medium Bodied, Medium | 9.5 % alcohol

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WA

91/100

WA - Representing one of their lots from this site that wouldnt fulfill Johannes Selbachs ambitions for it to go dry, his 2010 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett managed nevertheless to surprisingly closely personify its authors ideal for Kabinett, seeing that its delicate (even at 10% alcohol) and ultra-refreshing, yet with its high acidity and mere 30 grams residual sugar by no means notably sweet. Fresh winter pear and tangy, chewy apple are subtly suffused with crushed stone and slate and tinged with piquancy of hickory on a glossy yet persistently enervating palate. The sense of textural richness, reinforced by palpably high extract not to mention buffering of acidity conveyed to this wine by its extended stay on the lees really show a way toward success with the vintage. I suspect that this accidental but authentic Kabinett will remain delightful for at least 15 years.
David Schildknecht - 23/12/2011

The Producer

Weingut Selbach-Oster

Weingut Selbach-Oster

Selbachs have been cultivating Riesling vines in the Mosel since 1661. Today Johannes Selbach and his wife Barbara run the Estate which is now one of the leading producers in the Mittel Mosel. There are 10.6 hectares of vineyards including holdings in Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, and Graacher Dowmprobst. The grapes are hand picked and then fermented in traditional in large oak barrels. The emphasis here is on finesse and purity of fruit with supremely elegant Kabinett and Spatlese wines as well as powerful and more concentrated Auslese wines.

The Grape

Riesling

Riesling

Riesling's twin peaks are its intense perfume and its piercing crisp acidity which it manages to retain even at high ripeness levels.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings, yet it is responsible for all its greatest wines. It is planted widely on well-drained, south-facing slate-rich slopes, with the greatest wines coming from the best slopes in the best villages. It produces delicate, racy, nervy and stylish wines that cover a wide spectrum of flavours from steely and bone dry with beautifully scented fruits of apples,apricots, and sometimes peaches, through to the exotically sweet flavours of the great sweet wines.

It is also an important variety in Alsace where it produces slightly earthier, weightier and fuller wines than in Germany. The dry Rieslings can be austere and steely with hints of honey while the Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles are some of the greatest sweet wines in the world.

It is thanks to the New World that Riesling is enjoying a marked renaissance. In Australia the grape has developed a formidable reputation, delivering lime-sherbet fireworks amid the continental climate of Clare Valley an hour's drive north of Adelaide, while Barossa's Eden Valley is cooler still, producing restrained stony lime examples from the elevated granitic landscape; Tasmania is fast becoming their third Riesling mine, combining cool temperatures with high UV levels to deliver stunning prototypes.

New Zealand shares a similar climate, with Riesling and Pinot Gris neck to neck in their bid to be the next big thing after Sauvignon Blanc; perfectly suited is the South Island's Central Otago, with its granitic soils and continental climate, and the pebbly Brightwater area near Nelson. While Australia's Rieslings tend to be full-bodied & dry, the Kiwis are more inclined to be lighter bodied, more ethereal and sometimes off-dry; Alsace plays Mosel if you like.

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