2017 Berry Bros. & Rudd Mosel Riesling Kabinett by Selbach-Oster, Germany

2017 Berry Bros. & Rudd Mosel Riesling Kabinett by Selbach-Oster, Germany

Product: 20171475218
2017 Berry Bros. & Rudd Mosel Riesling Kabinett by Selbach-Oster, Germany

Description

This Kabinett is made for us by Johannes Selbach, based in Zeltingen on the banks of the Mosel. Off-dry in style, the grapes are grown on the slate-rich slopes of the spectacular Mittelmosel. Crystalline acidity, slate-inflected minerality and lime zest characterise the nose and palate, with hints of white blossom and stone-fruit adding to the complexity of a wine that is accessible, juicy and vibrant.
Katherine Dart MW, Wine Buyer (autumn 2018)
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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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Wine Advocate92/100

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
Predominantly from the Zeltinger Himmelreich, the 2017 Riesling Kabinett is bright and subtle on the ripe, fruity, slightly mineral and herbal, very elegant and refined nose with its delicate slate aromas. Salty-piquant and fresh on the aromatic and fruity but lithe and crystalline palate, this is another Mosel Kabinett at its best. The sweetness of less than 30 grams per liter is just charming here, where it is combined with 9.5% alcohol. This is a highly stimulating, fresh and grippy Kabinett that you can enjoy even in the sun at 35 degrees Celsius. Almost 20,000 bottles produced. Tasted in March 2019.
Stephan Reinhardt - 28/06/2019 Read more