GSO-517

Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese Feinherb ‘Uralte Reben’, Selbach-Oster

Producer:
Vintage:
2015
Country:
Germany
Region:
Mosel
Variety:
Riesling
Color:
White
Case Pack:
12
Bottle Size:
750
Import Partner:
Terry Theise

Tasting Notes

“Ur-alt” means extremely old; in this case most vines over 80 and many over 100. Ungrafted goes without saying. You know, when I hear people say that dry Rieslings were “traditional” or even that they prevailed most of the time back in the day, I think the young listener has no way of knowing that it’s wines like this being talked about. Those halcyon days of mostly dry Riesling had zero to do with the modern cellar style: stainless steel, ice-cold fermentation, whole-cluster pressing, early bottling. Those old wines were wines like this, fermented in cask after settling by gravity as best they could (before the days of separators, centrifuges and micropore filters), all of them spontis, bottled after multiple rackings and often 2-3 years after the vintage. They were naturally softer than today’s wines, and even THEN it was widely known the best casks were those that weren’t entirely dry. This ’15 was too early to judge, as it was just finished fermentation. But one dare not dawdle…. — Terry Theise

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Press & Reviews

Parker

Score:
93
Date:
2017-04-30