Johannes Selbach is beyond a doubt one of the great producers in the wine world. But, being based in Germany, their wines are available at totally reasonable prices. Usually we can stock many of them year-round. Selbach is renowned for his ability to take a snapshot of a vineyard at one place in time with every bottling he makes. His favorite sites are picked all at once, with grapes at every level of ripeness, fermented together and labelled with a site name like Rotlay or Antrecht, rather than a Prädikat level. The Selbach family has been making wine in the Mosel for 400 hundred years, making them one of the oldest wine making houses in the region. But the wines are not old-fashioned; in fact, they exemplify everything we love about modern day Mosel wines: racy minerality, finesse and beautifully balanced acidity.
What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...
Rotlay, a South facing parcel, is the single best parcel within the Sonnenuhr vineyard. On the sides it is open and flows into the other local parcels called “Kakert” and “Lehnschaft” though there some large outcroppings of rock in the border areas, creating a unique geographic scenario, similar to a “clos” in France, with a rather unique microclimate. The slope that comprises “Rotlay” faces straight south here and the soil is very stony, covered with big chunks of “blue Devonian” slate. The slate is the compressed silt of the seabed of the giant ocean that once covered most of the earth some 450 million years ago alongside the single continent Pangea.
Elegant , Fruity , Minerally
Awesome Reisling from Sellbach-Oster, it has moderate sweetness but with great acidity for balance, I usually drink (with my mother-in-law) “Anrecht” version but this is equally good