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A sweet, crisp, light and dry acidity and minerality. Bright, fresh, slightly sweet citrus aroma. A lively inner fragrance and follow-through of fruit that stays fresh on the palate. A medium-bodied Riesling, with delicious complexity. Well balanced acidity with mildly smooth tannins. Hints of slate and herbs on the refreshingly long-lasting finish.Vintage in image may vary. Refer to wine facts for current vintage.
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Selbach-Oster cultivates 21 hectares (51 acres) in some of the best steep slopes on the Mosel: 98 percent are planted with Riesling, 2 percent Pinot Blanc. Many of their vineyards are ungrafted, some up to 100 years old, and these venerable vines yield highly aromatic fruit from small, thick-skinned juicy berries. Their focus on quality starts with low yields and meticulous care in each detail of working the vines, entailing an enormous amount of hard physical work – particularly in the steep slopes. This is especially true during harvest when they pick the grapes by hand in multiple passes in our steep slopes.
The fermentation, mostly with wild, indigenous yeast, takes place in cold cellars which help preserve the fine, multifaceted aromas and the crispness of the juice. Half of their wines mature in big, old oak barrels (“Fuder”) that do not add any woody flavor to the wine, but let it breathe and mature. Depending on what Nature gives, Selbach-Oster produce Riesling wines that range from completely dry to the sweetness of dessert wines, from elegant and delicate to rich and complex. No matter what the degrees of dryness or of sweetness, all of their wines exhibit pristine minerality with relatively little alcohol – the paradigm of great Mosel Riesling.
Johannes Selbach, Klaus-Rainer Schaefer
J. & H. Selbach GmbH & Co. KG
25 % steep
No maceration, cold fermentation