Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese Feinherb Ur-Alte Reben 2019
The 2019er Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Feinherb “Ur” alte Reben, as it is referred to on the consumer label, is a barely off-dry wine (with 20 g/l of residual sugar) made from clean fruit harvested in a parcel planted with century-old un-grafted vines situated in the prime Class I Lieu-Dit Kackert, and which formerly belonged the von Schorlemer Estate.
It offers a beautifully aromatic yet smoky and primary nose of freshly cut herbs, yellow peach, candied grapefruit, almond cream, and apricot blossom. The wine coats the palate with juicy ripe fruits underpinned by some zesty and spicy acidity and leaves one with an almost dry rather than off-dry tasting feel in the intense finish full of presence. The after-taste is full of spices and is hugely sappy and has immense length. This barely off-dry tasting wine is a huge success and certainly one of the finest we have ever tasted in its genre!
Bottled in early September, the 2019 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese feinherb "Ur-alte Reben" is very fine and subtle on the deep, intense and aromatic but pure, fresh and flinty-elegant nose with a touch of oak. Silky, refined and fresh on the palate, this is a very complex and crystalline Riesling with enormous length and complexity. A gorgeous wine that needs years to show its talents. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.