2016 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese Feinhe Ur Alte Reben, Selbach-Oster, Mosel

2016 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese Feinhe Ur Alte Reben, Selbach-Oster, Mosel

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2016 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese Feinhe Ur Alte Reben, Selbach-Oster, Mosel

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This wine is a bin-end, discounted by 20%.

Johannes Selbach said that 2016 was his most labour-intensive vintage that he has ever witnessed, due to the heavy rainfall in the early part of the growing season. Luckily from July temperatures warmed up significantly and led to Johannes being very happy with the resulting wine. The 2016s from Selbach are very approachable and this wine has a juicy core that is underpinned with a vibrant, linear acidity. Grapefruit and lemon verbena aromas are supported by honey and orange blossom notes. The palate has a slate-like intensity, so typical of the wines from the Mosel.
Fiona Hayes, Wine Buyer
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Selbach-Oster

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.

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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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