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Selbach-Oster German Riesling Legends

This En Primeur offer is all-inclusive. Meaning, the prices shown include GST, and there are no further charges required upon landing. The wines are expected to arrive in late November 2019, but we will be taking payment now to secure our allocations. 

We are very excited to introduce to our Fine Wine customers one of the greatest producers in Germany - Mosel Riesling Legend Selbach-Oster.

"Some of the finest fruity Rieslings in the Kabinett, Spätlese and Auslese category I have tasted along the Mosel..."
— Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com

The Selbach family has been making wine in the region for more than 400 years (since 1661) and they own 21 hectares (51 acres) planted mainly to ungrafted Riesling and some Pinot Blanc in the Middle Mosel. Regarded as the "golden mile", the steep, south-facing hectares stretch from Zeltingen to Bernkastel and include the vineyards Zeltinger Himmelreich, Zeltinger Schlossberg, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Graacher Domprobst, and Bernkasteler Badstube. The emphasis here is on finesse and purity of fruit with supremely elegant Kabinett and Spatlese wines as well as powerful and more concentrated Auslese wines. The estate is farmed organically and sustainably with a goal of high quality through low yields.

"Johannes Selbach worked actively alongside his father Hans for a quarter of a century and has since perpetuated a legacy of well-balanced dry and judiciously sweet Rieslings. In the course of their tenure, Johannes and his wife Barbara have overseen the expansion of their family’s estate from only a few hectares to nearly two dozen today, and beyond the communal bounds of Zeltingen, all the while acting as commissioners and brokers for wines estate-bottled by an enormous number of quality-conscious growers from all regions of Germany. The family has long employed an oenologist as full-time cellarmaster to assist them, and has chosen wisely (most recently taking-on Christian Vogt after he left the Karthäuserhof). The grapes are hand picked and fermentations chez Selbach can be spontaneous or assisted by cultured yeasts, depending on circumstances. Most of the top wines are raised in fuder, but whether in cask or tank, they usually stay on their fine lees until just before bottling which generally takes place in late spring or early summer but can sometimes last into September."
— David Schildknecht, November 2016

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