2019 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett
Selbach-Oster has a history in the wine trade dating back 1660, while the current winery was formed in the mid 1800's. Known for producing highly detailed and pure expressions of Riesling, Selbach-Oster have vines planted in some of the greatest sites in the Mosel, including Zeltinger Himmelreich, Schlossberg, and Sonnenuhr; Wehlener Sonnenuhr; and Graacher Himmelreich and Domprobst. Today, Johannes Selbach and his wife Barbara, with the increasing help of son Sebastian and daughter Hannah, manage their vineyards and winery with passion and respect for the estate’s long held traditions. Johannes, like his late father Hans, has continued the use of traditional oak fuder in his cellar, bringing in new large casks every few years. Vinification is carried out in a combination of fuder and stainless steel, in a hands-off manner with no fining, and predominantly with wild yeasts. The focus is on meticulous work in the vineyard with the aim to produce and bring home perfect fruit.
The 2019 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett is bright, precise and elegant on the complex, refined, beautifully clear and flinty nose. Lush, refined and salty-piquant on the palate, this is a salty, crunchy and stimulating Kabinett with a long and intense finish. Bottled with 9.5% alcohol and 60 grams of residual sugar. Tasted at the domain in September 2020. Drink 2027 - 2060.
Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Oct 2020)
So juicy, yet so fine, this is a "light" wine with very good ripeness, but more importantly a lot of finesse, the long finish brilliant and filigree. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com
The 2019er Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett was made from fruit harvested early in a cool parcel of the vineyard at 93° Oechsle and fermented down in stainless steel to full fruity-styled levels of residual sugar (62 g/l). It offers an aromatic and ripe nose of yellow peach, pear, almond milk, candied tangerine, star anise, and a hint of banana flambéed. The wine proves sweet and ripe on the palate, where the juicy fruits give it more than a hint of Spätlese Schmelz. This smooth and juicy side carries over into the long and structured finish. This fruity-styled wine will need a couple of years to integrate its sweetness and fully deliver upon its underlying finesse. Drink 2027-2039.
Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines