Selbach-Oster `Wehlener Sonnenuhr` Kabinett Riesling 2008 (12 x 750mL), DE.

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Overview

Wehlener Sonnenuhr

Steep to very steep slope straight across the river from Wehlen. Medium to large size chunks of blue Devonian slate. Relatively dry, shallow subsoil of decomposed slate and hints of loam. The best parts are close to water surface of Mosel, on the lower portion of the slope.

Kabinett

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.

Region:
IMPORTED - Germany
State:
Imported
Country:
Germany

Expert Reviews

Serving his 2008 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett after the superb corresponding Kabinett as Johannes Selbach did certainly runs a risk, but this is so effusively floral – redolent of heliotrope, wisteria, and musky narcissus – and lusciously sorbet like in its expression of fresh apple and lime that it’s like something delightfully midway between a palate-cleanser and a (barely sweet) dessert. The perfume that wafts all the way through perfectly fits the sense of lift and delicacy in a finish that also delivers utterly intriguing nuances of nut oil, wet stone, and brown spices. This utterly ravishing and terrific value Kabinett should delight for a dozen or more years. Rating 92 - Drink to 2022 - Daivd Schildknecht - Wine Advocate (FEB/2010)

Johannes Selbach responded to the high energy and acidity of the 2008 vintage by giving most of the wines extra fine-lees contact and later-than-usual bottling. As a champion of (in his words) “genuine Kabinett” and “drinking wine, not trophy wine” and a resister against the encroachment of high must weights and residual sugar to which the weather in most recent vintages has left even him susceptible, Selbach was predictably overjoyed both with the refreshment, delicacy, and infectious drinkability made possible by vintage 2008, and with its preponderance of Kabinett and Spätlese. Several single-parcel, block-picked (i.e. the whole crop at once), vineyard-designated wines were essayed (that from the Anrecht – within Zeltinger Himmelreich – being new this year) although at Spätlese rather than, as usually in the past, Auslese Pradikat level. In fact, it remains Selbach’s intention to very soon remove the already small-print reference to Pradikat from these special bottlings, whose focus is intended to be entirely on reflecting terroir and vintage. (Ironically, though, the reference to the sites themselves remain in very small print, because the authorities are testy about the use of geographical designations other than those of the official Einzellagen singled-out – or, to put it more appropriately, assembled – in 1971.) Rating 92 - Drink to 2022 - Daivd Schildknecht - Wine Advocate (FEB/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma/Palate

Very elegant, juicy, fresh Riesling. Medium bodied with aromas of minerals, ripe apples and a touch of red fruit. Finishing long and crisp.

Food Matching

Great wine for spring and summer eating and drinking. Low in alcohol ( 8.5% ) but full of flavour it is delicate and crisp at the same time and goes great with delicately seasoned flavourful food of all sorts.

Vintage
2008
Region
IMPORTED - Germany
Grape Style
Riesling
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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Our assets have much to do with our hands. Since several generations. Since 1660 in our family ownership, as a matter of fact. Our main treasure is simply what nature presents us with: excellent vineyard-sites in the heart of the Mosel region, old, ungrafted vines on steep, south-facing slopes planted on heat-retaining, mineral-rich, rocky slate soil. Granted, these "assets" bring various risks year-in - year-out... but also great opportunities. Most important, however, are the results.

Selbach-Oster Riesling vineyards lie on a 4-mile / 7 km stretch along the Mosel starting in Zeltingen, upstream to Wehlen, Graach and Bernkastel. Vines have been cultivated here since Roman times. Every single vineyard on that short stretch of river has its own special environment and microclimate—its terroir. Each single lot of wine in the cellar shows its own individual, complex "fingerprint". No single day is alike and each year, each vintage has its own unique character, its "signature". The grapes mature slowly in a very long, temperate growing season. All the above represent traditional "values" which we at Selbach-Oster cherish; we try to refine and preserve the liquid result in the bottle, the sleek, tall green Mosel-bottle. All this in order to present you with Riesling the way we like it: with elegance, complexity and depth of flavor. With the subtlety and fragrance of flowers and the intense mineral quality from our slate soils. With the taste of delicate fruit and a lingering, crisp finish. The way it has always been.

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