Selbach-Oster   MOSEL, Germany  
 
 
 
  Today, Johannes Selbach and his wife Barbara, with the increasing help of son Sebastian, manage their vineyards and winery with passion and respect for the estate’s long held traditions.  50% of their 21 hectares of vines are on their original rootstocks, in Zeltinger Himmelreich, Schlossberg, and Sonnenuhr;  Wehlener Sonnenuhr; and, Graacher Himmelreich and Domprobst. These vineyards of weathered Devonian slate are on a steep, contiguous slope facing south-south west and represent some of the most prestigious sites in all of the Middle Mosel. In fact, the wines from these sites were valued not only by having the highest ratings on the Prussian tax maps of 1868, but also by Thomas Jefferson, who visited and praised their high quality in the 1780’s. The Selbach-Oster’s heritage in the area dates to the 1660’s: Selbach’s ancestors shipped their estate wines along the Mosel in their steamship, the wine carried in oak barrels made by cooper Matthias Oster, the great-grandfather on the paternal side of the family. Thus, the winery developed as both a top estate producing some of the region’s best wine, and also as a négociant and brokerage firm, consolidating the production of smaller growers.

Johannes has slowly been reviving the use of traditional oak fuder in his cellar, bringing in new large casks every few years. Vinification is carried out in a combination of fuder and stainless steel, and predominantly with wild yeasts. “Selbach aims for a typical modern Mosel style, which reflects the minerality of the rocky Devonian slate soils, as well as the elegance and finesse of the Riesling fruit in clear, crisp, elegant, low-alcohol, yet full-flavored handcrafted wines,” says Stephan Reinhardt, in The Finest Wines of Germany.

The hallmark of the estate are 3 old parcels that Selbach-Oster harvests en-bloc; or, as single pickings, with no selections pulled from the vineyard prior to harvesting. The Rotlay (in the Zeltingen Sonnenuhr, rich in iron ore), the Schmitt (in the Zeltingen Schlossberg), and the Anrecht (in the Zeltingen Himmelreich) are all old parcels high on their respective slopes and post trained on their original rootstock.  Typically, Auslese is selected by successive passes through the vineyard—picking fruit for Kabinett and Spätlese first and leaving the healthiest berries on the vine to concentrate.  For the en-bloc wines selection of this type is avoided, in order to maintain a holistic flavor profile that contains that of ultra-ripe grapes, optimally ripe, and of lesser-ripe ones which has the ability to reflect a complete terroir of both place and moment.  Because his approach in winemaking is minimal, Johannes Selbach will allow his wines to ferment naturally, as slow or as complete as manifest, resulting in dry wines in some vintages and fruity in others.

•Vineyard area: 21 hectares
•Annual production: 13,300 cases

•Vineyard holdings:

Zeltingen - Himmelreich, Schlossberg, Sonnenuhr (all blue Devonian slate)

Wehlen - Sonnenuhr (blue Devonian slate)

Graach - Himmelreich, Domprobst (both blue Devonian slate with a layer of loam underneath)

Bernkastel - Badstube (blue Devonian slate) 
 
  Website: http://www.selbach-oster.de
 
  Wines:      
  Note: * indicates limited item, please consult your sales rep for availability size formats other than 750ml may not contain wine information.      
 
Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese, Selbach-Oster 2010    
Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese, Selbach-Oster 2013    
Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese Feinherb Alte Reben, Selbach-Oster 2012    
Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese Feinherb Alte Reben, Selbach-Oster 2012   (1500ML)
Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2012    
Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2007   (1500ML)
Pinot Blanc, Selbach-Oster 2013    
Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster 2011   (375ML)
Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster 2012   (375ML)
Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster 2013    
Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster 2013   (375ML)
Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2011    
Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2012    
Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2012   (375ML)
Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2013    
Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2013   (375ML)
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2011    
Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling 'Anrecht', Selbach-Oster 2011    
Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling 'Anrecht', Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling 'Anrecht', Selbach-Oster 2013    
Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese**, Selbach-Oster 2011   (375ML)
Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Eiswein, Selbach-Oster 2012   (375ML)
Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken, Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken, Selbach-Oster 2012   (1500ML)
Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken, Selbach-Oster 2013    
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling 'Schmitt', Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling 'Schmitt', Selbach-Oster 2013    
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Auslese*, Selbach-Oster 2002    
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Auslese*, Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Auslese, Selbach-Oster 2013    
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster 2013    
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese Trocken, Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese* Trocken, Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2011    
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2012   (1500ML)
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2013   (1500ML)
Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2013    
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling 'Rotlay', Selbach-Oster 2011    
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling 'Rotlay', Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling 'Rotlay', Selbach-Oster 2012   (1500ML)
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 'Rotlay', Selbach-Oster 2007    
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster 2011    
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster 2013    
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese Feinherb 'Uralte Reben', Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese Trocken, Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese*, Selbach-Oster 2012    
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2013    
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 2012    
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
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