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Weingut Selbach Oster - Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese "Ur" Alte Reben 2017


  • Country: Germany
  • Wine Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruhr
  • Wine Maker: Johannes Selbach
  • Grape: Riesling
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Riesling
  • Alcohol Percentage: 11.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2030
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 93 (2015) VS: 93 (2015) JR: 17 (2008) JS: 94 to 95 (2016)

Wine 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.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)93 pts

April 2017 - Stephan Reinhardt - From very old, ungrafted vines planted around 1910, the 2015 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Feinherb Ur-alte Reben displays a super ripe and concentrated Riesling fruit, with some tropical fruit aromas and a very subtle flint/slate aroma in the background. Rich and round on the palate, with a perfectly ripe, lush and very intense fruit, this is an impressive, powerful and persistent Sonnenuhr. It has delicate acidity and remarkable concentration. The finish is enormously long and salty, very complex and well structured. Great aging potential here

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)93 pts

June 2017 - Pure fresh apple fruit mingled with licorice and vanilla make for a fetching aroma and inform a silken palate for a soothing as well as generously juicy performance. For all of its textural richness, this wine from largely centenarian vines adjacent to the Rotlay finishes with striking transparency to stony, alkaline and mouthwateringly saline nuances. At 12 percent alcohol, it still retains a lovely sense of lift, though one can imagine that to have let this must ferment to dryness would have risked sacrificing clarity, refreshment and fruit intensity as well as, of course, buoyancy. (The word “Ur,” signifying something ancient or primordial, is set in quotation marks on the label, although normally uralt is written and spoken as a single word.) -- David Schildknecht (2008)17 pts

Tasted Aug 09 - "Very natural, rather 'dry' sort of nose. Then on the palate there is masses of acidity and limpid fruit. Very juicy and well balanced. Subtle. Confident. Really quite delicate. Drink 2009-2017

James Suckling (2016)94 to 95 pts

Super young, but already there's a cornucopia of yellow fruit aromas. Stunning concentration, but not a jot broad or heavy. Very long refined finish. Should be good at least to 2040.