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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Fresh apple and lime in the nose of Selbach’s 2008 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett presage a luscious, subtly creamy, yet refreshing palate with hints of site-typical smokiness and cooling, vintage-typical green tea and mint. The sweetness here is utterly discreet and the combination of ripeness with delicacy and caress with invigoration uncanny. Expect 15 or more years of satisfaction. Rating 90 - Drink - 2025 - Daivd Schildknecht - Wine Advocate (FEB/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
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 Spatlese. 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 Spatlese 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 90 - Drink - 2025 - Daivd Schildknecht - Wine Advocate (FEB/2010)