2012 Zeltinger Himmelreich Anrecht, Selbach-Oster, Mosel

2012 Zeltinger Himmelreich Anrecht, Selbach-Oster, Mosel

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2012 Zeltinger Himmelreich Anrecht, Selbach-Oster, Mosel


The 2012 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Anrecht is sourced from the same-named Himmelreich parcel and was picked on November 7. "The picking includes virtually everything," as Barbara Selbach puts it: "Green, golden and bronze-colored berries. We don’t care about a selection here and we would not have the time to care anyway.

On the other hand, these parcels are so good that botrytis is really rare due to the stony soils which have a good drainage." The wine was, as were its relatives Rotlay and Schmitt, labeled as Auslese or Spätlese in former times but, as Barbara Selbach said, "this was more confusing for our clients. So we decided that with 2009 we label it as Riesling Qualitätswein, not as a Prädikatswein anymore." The 2012 Anrecht offers discreet slate and herbal aromas, and tastes less sweet than the predicates, although it is analytically quite sweet (almost 78 grams per liter residual sugar).

Bottled with 8.5% alcohol, this is a firmly structured, grippy and in a certain way also rustic wine, with character and finesse and a good finish. The mixture of uneven ripe grapes might give it its somewhat edgy but tense and stimulating character. Drink 2015-2035
91/100 Stephan Reinhardt, eRobertParker.com #217 Feb 2015

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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.

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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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