Overview of the Wine
Since 1661 the Selbach family has owned vineyards in the Mosel region. Their main treasure is simply what nature presents us with: excellent vineyard-sites, and old, ungrafted vines on steep, south-facing slopes planted on heat-retaining, mineral-rich, rocky slate soil. Their philosophy of winemaking is "hands-on" in the vineyards and "hands-off" in the cellar. Most of Selbach Oster wines are still fermented and matured in the traditional oak "Fuder"-barrels supplemented by a small number of stainless-steel vats. They do not use new oak for Rieslings to preserve the delicate structure of subtle fruit and crisp acidity as purely as possible
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Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Rotlay, a South facing parcel, is the single best parcel within the Sonnenuhr vineyard. On the sides it is open and flows into the other local parcels called "Kakert" and "Lehnschaft" though there some large outcroppings of rock in the border areas, creating a unique geographic scenario, similar to a "clos" in France, with a rather unique microclimate. The slope that comprises "Rotlay" faces straight south here and the soil is very stony, covered with big chunks of "blue Devonian" slate. The slate is the compressed silt of the seabed of the giant ocean that once covered most of the earth some 450 million years ago alongside the single continent Pangea.
97 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2019 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Rotlay is highly refined and pure on the delicate and complex nose. Juicy-piquant and salty on the palate, this is a spicy-mineral, very elegant and sweet yet precise and electric terroir Auslese of great precision and piquancy. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.
96 Points - James Suckling
So rich and creamy, yet so graceful, this is like an essence of all the ripe stone fruits you can imagine. Then comes the tightly focused, very long finish, where the generous sweetness of the front palate is swept away. Drink or hold.
Product size: 750ml