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Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling "Anrecht" Auslese, 2018


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Johannes Selbach is beyond a doubt one of the great producers in the wine world. But, being based in Germany (and not being called Egon Müller), their wines are available at totally reasonable prices. Usually we can stock many of them year-round. Possibly our favorite Mosel estate, Selbach is renowned for his ability to take a snapshot of a vineyard at one place in time with every bottling he makes. The Selbach family has been making wine in the Mosel for 400 hundred years, making them one of the oldest winemaking houses in the region. But the wines are not old-fashioned; in fact, they exemplify everything we love about modern day Mosel wines: racy minerality, finesse and beautifully balanced acidity.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 92
"The relatively deep and hence marginally more water-retentive soil in this spot compared with most of Selbach-Oster’s steep Zeltingen slopes may well have conduced to greater botrytis influence, so that the marginally slimmer, brighter personality this wine frequently exhibits vis-à-vis its “Schmitt” and “Rotlay” counterparts is absent here. Dried and confitured apricot, apple jelly and white raisin dominate on both nose and palate, conveying an impression that had whatever healthy bunches remained when this got picked instead been pulled out for a separate bottling, we would have been left with something approaching Esszencia. Interestingly, though, we’re at 8.5% alcohol here, moderately higher than this year’s “Rotlay,” significantly higher than registered by the Selbachs vintage 2017 en bloc bottlings, and of course far from that of an Esszencia. Nougat and nut paste notes add to the richness of an impressively persistent finish that from somewhere manages to call up a welcome modicum of fresh fruit juiciness. (DS)"

Robert Parker

RP 95
"The 2018 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Anrecht is very clear and fresh on the herbal and stony nose with its greenish fruit and lime/lemon chutney aromas. Round and juicy as well as piquant on the palate, this is a juicy-piquant and more coolish terroir wine from a higher altitude compared to its peers Rotlay and Schmitt. The wine is piquant, pure and finessed, and its sweetness is the less prominent of the the three." -Robert Parker

Wine Spectator

WS 93
"This shows great intensity, featuring flavors of baked apple, passion fruit, honey and white chocolate that are beautifully balanced and proportioned through the long, inviting finish. Very round and seductive. Best from 2022 through 2038."

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

Region: Mosel
Grape: Riesling
Vineyard: Zeltinger Himmelreich
Soil: Blue Devonian slate
Wine making: Block picked, spontaneously fermented in old Mosel fuder.

This wine is a true expression of terrior from the single best parcel in the Himmelreich vineyard.. As Johannes’ Father puts it “it’s a little silly to talk about “terroir” when you’re going out into the vineyard three times to select what aspect of terroir you’re going to push forward. It’s like picking two or three voices out of the chorus and saying “Now you three shout.” What you want is for the entire chorus to sing.” So beginning in 2003, Johannes began an experiment, which turned into a revelation. He waits until the parcel is “optimally ripe” and harvest everything at once— green berries, yellow berries, and botrytis berries, and ferment them spontaneously in Fuder. This represents a traditional style and a true expression of terroir.

Anrecht, a the south-facing parcel representing the most prized piece of the Himmelreich which was ranked in the top categories of the 1868 Prussian classification. Anrecht has the deepest subsoil of broken slate mixed with organic matter (humus) and loam. It is further away from river and village compared to Rotlay and Schmitt, hence a tad cooler but nonetheless excellent.


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