Selbach Oster Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken Zeltinger Himmelreich 2018 (Mosel, Germany) - [WA 93] [VM 92] [WS 92]

Selbach Oster Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken Zeltinger Himmelreich 2018
(Mosel, Germany) - [WA 93] [VM 92] [WS 92]

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WA93 VM92 WS92
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Selbach-Oster Rieslings are not “zeitgeisty” wines that change according to the whims of fashion. Nor are they “made” according to recipe. Though they are deeply delicious, they do not seek to "seduce" with short-term exotic aromas from specially cultured yeasts, aromatic enzymes or ice-cold fermentations. They are true characters, wines with structure, wines that display their heritage, rooted deep into the slate rock like our old vines – many of which are still on their own vinifera roots.

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2018 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett halbtrocken displays a bright yet intense bouquet with finely weathered and flinty slate and dried white fruit aromas. Juicy, piquant and salty on the palate, this is a round and charming yet intense, persistently crystalline and elegant Kabinett with a long and harmonious but tensioned, slightly bitter finish. Excellent. Tasted at the domain in September 2020." - Stephan Reinhardt (October 2020)

92 Points - Vinous Media:
"This perennially over-performing bottling does not disappoint in 2018. (After composing this tasting note, I noticed that the wine’s importer commenced his note on this 2018 with the words “perennially outstanding.”) Like a few other Selbach-Oster 2018s, though, it shows a surprisingly high-toned suggestion of fruit distillates to accompany its scents of fresh apple, pear, lime and wet stone. Flowers emerge only inner-mouth, but then in billowing profusion: clover and apple blossom, predominantly. The texture is subtly creamy (more like what I would anticipate from a Zeltinger Sonnenuhr) but also infectiously juicy. Nut and vanilla notes – perhaps partly a reflection of there being fuder involved here (whereas this bottling was long dominated by tank lots) – add appeal to a buoyant and juicy but also seriously stony finish. This will make an excellent keeper, though lamentably few people are apt to test that claim." - David Schildknecht (August 2020)

92 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This shows a classic Mosel profile, with floral and orchard fruit notes, but also the character of the warm vintage, showing a bit more weight and concentration. Very well-balanced and open now, offering charming hints of yellow apple, quince and elderflower. Zesty and long. Drink now through 2030. 182 cases imported." — AZ (March 2020)