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Selbach-Oster, Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Rotlay, Auslese, Riesling, Mosel, Germany, 2020

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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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Grape / Blend

Mosel, Germany 

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.

98 Points - James Suckling
It’s hard to imagine that this essence of the peach actually started out as grapes! Titanic concentration and vitality, together with great mineral energy that drives all of this forward as inexorably as an ocean liner cutting through high seas in the North Atlantic. The intensity at the finish might be too much for some, but we are completely convinced! Drink or hold.

93 Points - Wine Spectator
Shows serious power, both from the ripe fruit and savory energy, with impressive depth to orchard fruit, persimmon, melon and green plum notes on a juicy, supple palate. Reveals a bitter tannic edge and acidic verve, which bring terrific balance and form. Stunning.

Product size: 750ml

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