Steep slope. Medium-grained Devonian slate as topsoil with medium-deep subsoil of decomposed slate mixed with some loam.
The lightest end of German Pradikats wines. The name was chosen for its association with the English word Cabinet, widely used in Germany prior to 1971, originally implied a wine of superior quality set aside in a cabinet for later sale.
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Honeydew and spiced apple, sage and mint, along with site-typical smoky and stony notes characterize Selbach’s 2007 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett. This finishes with lift and refreshment. It is not nearly as dramatic as the corresponding 2006, but should cellar well for at least 15 years. Rating 90 - Daivd Schildknecht - eRobertParker.com (JUN/2009)
Winery Tasting Notes
The Selbach crew did some pre-selection at the end of September, leading directly into a main harvest that lasted until November 10. Johannes Selbach says he often had to find things to keep his crew occupied while waiting for what he judged the optimum moments to pick. After having been through 2006, he was determined to have everything and everybody ready should circumstances suddenly dictate haste, which of course they never did. Selbach was delighted – as a self-proclaimed defender of “true Kabinett” – to have some genuinely light-weight yet intensely-flavored wines this year, and he was the first to acknowledge that not only the prevailing weather but also the abundant crop (even allowing for thinning) helped make ripe-tasting yet relatively low must-weight Riesling possible. He notes that there was relatively little botrytis, and then late. In view of that assessment, I was surprised at the extent to which this year’s Spatlesen evinced evidence of it. As for the dry and nearly-dry wines in this year’s collection, “it’s like a homecoming,” remarks Selbach, “to get back to wines with stuffing but that are sleek, anything but heavy, and inviting of the next sip.”Rating 90 - Daivd Schildknecht - eRobertParker.com (JUN/2009)