Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr `Rotlay` Ausl. Riesling 2006 (12 x 750mL)

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Auslese (Selected Harvest)

One of the riper Prädikats in the qmp quality wine category defined by the german wine law. Auslese means literally 'selected harvest' and, from the 1994 vintage, the grapes should theoretically have been picked at least a week after a preliminary picking of less ripe grapes.

Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Continuation of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr downstream, towards where the dam across the Mosel widens the water surface. The appellation ends at the church at the southern end of Zeltingen. Very steep slope with large outcroppings of rock. Large chunks of blue Devonian slate, very shallow subsoil of decomposed slate on top of slate bedrock. Driest soil of the five sites. Very close to the water surface of the Mosel.

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Expert Reviews

The harvest almost filled the month of October, but by the standards of this large estate with holdings stretching across four communes, that is (in Johannes Selbach’s words) “super quick” and volume was down 30% from the already small 2005 harvest. Musts were sometimes fined with bentonite but never with charcoal. “This is my year of superlatives,” says Selbach. “When I think of my children and their children, and about a wine one could open in a hundred years and say ‘Wow!’ one dreams of wines from great historical vintages like 1911, 1921, 1953 ... and that in one’s own lifetime one might experience and harvest wines that would number among them. For me, that’s 2006.” Selbach took an interest in Pinot Blanc for sparkling wine, since there are some promising old vines in cooler side locations of Zeltingen’s Schlossberg. But he now thinks the fruit will probably always be too ripe for that purpose, whereas the still results are themselves promising.

Rating 93 - David Schildknecht - Wine Advocate(Oct 2008)

Winery Tasting Notes

Ten days later, the Selbachs picked their 2006 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese Rotlay from fruit that was almost entirely raisined in this sheltered site just above the water line and regularly shrouded in morning fog. The two previous harvests of this precious parcel had also been en bloc – in order as it were to preserve the essence of the vintage in a single site. So this year – when another approach was not an option – the crew was practiced in the task. Peaches, persimmons, vanilla cream, marzipan, mocha, and honey make for a strikingly rich display, yet there is clarity and refreshment as well. Selbach let the wine ferment to 9.5% alcohol to encourage body and structure and mitigate the superficial sweetness that encumbers many 2006 Auslesen – including at this address – and the approach succeeded brilliantly. The length of this wine alone – not to mention its complexity – demonstrates why it is one of Germany’s single greatest Riesling locations, and in 10-25 years, that demonstration will be even more convincing.

Rating 93 - David Schildknecht - Wine Advocate(Oct 2008)

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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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