Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling ‘Schmitt’, Selbach-Oster
Schmitt is a micro-parcel in Schlossberg. It is steep and has a perfect southern exposure, and it’s subsoil is deep of crumbly, broken slate, mixed with organic matter and loam. The vineyard is more distant from the Mosel and gets less of the effect from the wide water surface but sits smack behind the church and the warm bodies of the village houses beneath which radiate warmth back into the vineyard (a privileged situation akin to that of the Bernkasteler DoctoR).
More streamlined and linear now but no les intricate or mysterious; indeed the genius of Johannes’ wine is the willingness to
admit mystery, to offer the clear stream of the enigmatic. Back to the matter at hand: this is all steel (and only because it fit
into the only available vessel at that point in the harvest) and it’s the first essentially “sweet” wine. It’s a cerebral hedonist, doing
math in his head while getting his feet massaged. – Terry Theise
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