Selbach Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Anrecht 2009

Riesling from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

Item No. 108744
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP93
  • WS93
  • ST92
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Winemaker's Notes

A top south-facing parcel in Zeltinger Himmelreich; this is really the archetypal vineyard spice and mint but with a cold stream of concentrated slate, but this barely suffices to describe an interplay you almost can't comprehend but you know is important; insanely seductive notwithstanding its fervor of slate. Done in steel, by the way.

Critical Acclaim

"A mineral aroma leads into elegant, refined flavors of mango, apricot and ripe peach, with hints of marmalade. Offers well-defined notes of ginger as well, with a long, cream- and spiced-filled finish. Best from 2014 through 2035."
93 Points

"Selbach himself is convinced it will be more impressive after a few years of shedding youthful fat. Selbach's block-harvested, tank-raised 2009 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Anrecht superbly showcases what he considers the sweetest spot in the Himmelreich Einzellage, here picked in mid-November. Peach, pear, and papaya exhibit the ripe concentration and supportive sweetness of a typical Selbach Auslese. The sense of both tropical and northerly fruit essences here is accentuated by the wine's creaminess of texture and honeyed glaze on the one hand and its glorious persistence of bright fresh fruit and tartly chewy fruit skin on the other. But then, diverse levels of ripeness are essentially what picking en bloc is designed to achieve. This displays palpable density yet irrepressible lift, finishing with luscious, lip-smacking persistence, encompassing saliva-inducing salinity and vivid intimations of wet stone. I expect it to reward your attention for the next 20-25 years. And what was Selbach thinking when he priced this gem? It ends up representing absurd value! "
93 Points

"Elusive floral scents add interest to ripe apricot and vanilla on the nose. Shows a texture like satin, but with a firm charge of acidity enlivening the luscious tropical fruit flavors. Nut oils and slate define the elegant finish."
92 Points

Learn About Selbach Oster Map ItMap It

Since 1661 our family has owned vineyards in the Mosel region. Our main treasure is simply what nature presents us with: excellent vineyard-sites, and old, ungrafted vines on steep, south-facing slopes planted on heat-retaining, mineral-rich, rocky slate soil. Our philosophy of winemaking is hands-on in the vineyards and hands-off in the cellar. Most of our wines are still...

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Learn About Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

(moe-ZELL saahr -RUE-wehr) The Mosel river winds its way through this wine region, passing by some of the steepest, most northerly vineyards of the world. The wines from the Mosel have a most distinctive soil based on slate. The slate-rich soils covering the region are what imparts the amazing, well-loved slate-y, mineraly flavors and aromas to the delicate Mosel wines. To keep...

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Learn About Riesling

Riesling (REEZ-leeng) The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity. Most popular in...

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