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Selbach Oster, 'Graacher Domprobst' Riesling Feinherb 2017

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$37.00 USD
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Region: Mosel, Gremany

Varietal: 100% Riesling

Tasting notes: This bottling is a Feinherb Spatlese, which means that the grapes were both high quality and picked with relatively high sugar content (Spatlese), but were allowed to ferment much of that sugar into alcohol leaving the wine as only off-dry (Feinherb), or slightly sweet. The sweetness is noticeable at first sip, but quickly fades to the background as the acidity and minerality come to the fore. Classic riesling flavors of citrus and green apple are present, along with jasmine and petrol. The balance of this wine is superb. Should pair beautifully with spicy Thai or Indian dishes.

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Producer: Weingut Selbach-Oster can trace wine-growing in the family back to the year 1661. They grow Riesling on 21 hectares (51 acres) of steep, south facing mountain slopes that face the Mosel River.  Given their long history, the Selbach-Oster vineyards are located on some of the best vineyard land in the heart of the Mosel wine country called “Mittelmosel”.  In their cellars, they still use the traditional "Fuder" barrel made from old German oak to prevent woody flavors from masking the purity of fruit and soil flavor. A "Fuder" holds 1000 liters. They balance between stainless steel and a few fiberglass tanks with a maximum size of 3000 liters per unit, ensuring low temperatures during fermentation and with it, the preservation of freshness and delicacy of aroma.

Vineyard and Winemaking: The 2017 Domprobst Spätlese Feinherb Alte Reben is made from clean fruit harvested in a parcel still planted with very old un-grafted vines trained on single pole, and was fermented down to 22 g/l of residual sugar.  Domprobst is a steep slope behind the village of Graach. Medium-size chunks of grey-blue Devonian slate over a thick layer of loam. Comparatively heavy subsoil with excellent underground water supply. Vinification is carried out in a combination of fuder and stainless steel, in a hands-off manner with no fining, and predominantly with wild yeasts. The focus is on meticulous work in the vineyard with the aim to produce and bring home perfect fruit.