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.
Spätlese (Late Harvest)
Spätlese is one of the Prädikats in the QmP quality wine category by the Germn Wine Law. Spätlese means literally 'late harvest' and the grapes should have been picked at least a week after a preliminary picking of less ripe grapes.
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A very slow fermenter that had still not been bottled when I tasted it in September, Selbach-Oster’s 2009 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese smelled of lily, apple blossom, and heliotrope, with corresponding apple, vanilla, and wafting floral persistence on a delicate, creamy palate, complimented by hints of apple pip piquancy and wet slate. This is generously juicy, mouth-watering, and at once soothing and simulating, its finish persistently billowing and gently undulating. Look for 20 years of delight in its company. Rating 91-92 - Drink to 2030 - Daivd Schildknecht - eRobertParker.com (DEC/2010)
“The autumn was super, with little stress,” remarked Johannes Selbach, who is more often seen furrowing his exceedingly high brow when describing even a highly successful harvest! What there was of botrytis, he reports, came late, and he reported that what rain there was in November was of negligible significance. Where many 2009 collections disappointed slightly as they reached the limits of possible vintage Oechsle, the Selbach-Oster collection proceeded from strength to profound strength. Most of the wines were bottled in May, but some of the dry and nobly sweet lots were very late even to finish fermenting and a few had not yet been bottled even when I tasted in September. True to an intention he stated last year, Selbach has bottled without Pradikat the fruits of block-pickings from his three top parcels, each named on its label. (For more about the principles involved, consult in particular my note on the 2005 “Schmitt” Auslese – in issue 169 – and that on this year’s dry “Schmitt” Spatlese below.) This year’s collection continues the trend for wines from Zeltingen’s Schlossberg to shine with special complexity and elegance after the many years in which they seemed destined at this address to take a back seat to those of Sonnenuhr. Not only were the vineyards of Zeltingen among the most celebrated on the Mosel during the 19th and early 20th century, but Karl Heinrich Koch epochal survey of 1881 places the Schlossberg as among the Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer’s top 11 sites, and one can appreciate this while savoring a wine like this year’s “Schmitt” trocken. Rating 91-92 - Drink to 2030 - Daivd Schildknecht - eRobertParker.com (DEC/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
Bouquet of honeyed, ripe fruit echoing the super ripeness of small, reddish-golden Riesling berries shortly before becoming botrytised.
Rich and lavishly fruity on the palate with a touch of saltiness and honeyed botrytis. Lively acidity makes for a balancing, crisp finish.
This wine is, in fact, a genuine Auslese sold as Spaetlese and has more concentration and “oomph” than Spaetlese from previous vintages
Enjoy with rich patés, pan seared fresh foie gras or patés thereof, excellent with spicy “fusion” or Asian dishes. Great with aromatic ”smelly” cheeses and blue cheeses of all sorts, also with not so sweet desserts. Superb alone by itself, just to savour the multifaceted flavours!
This wine will greatly benefit from further cellaring. 20-25 years.