Selbach_Oster Graacher Domprobst   Riesling Spatlese Halbtrocken Germany  Mosel 2005

Selbach_Oster Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese Halbtrocken Germany Mosel 2005

This is 2007 review, we are selling 2005


2009 - 2021

David Schildknecht

Grapefruit, pineapple, and faintly-toasty, smoky nuts are the key themes of Selbach’s 2007 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese halbtrocken, which did not finish fermenting until July. The very slight hint of sweetness helps support the nutty richness and roasted pumpkin side to the palate here, and saline, citric notes lend invigoration to the finish. This displays a superb combination of stuffing and elegance, and impressive sheer persistence. I would expect a fascinating run of at least 10-12 years for it. The Selbach crew did some pre-selection at the end of September, leading directly into a main harvest that lasted until November 10. Johannes Selbach says he often had to find things to keep his crew occupied while waiting for what he judged the optimum moments to pick. After having been through 2006, he was determined to have everything and everybody ready should circumstances suddenly dictate haste, which of course they never did. Selbach was delighted – as a self-proclaimed defender of “true Kabinett” – to have some genuinely light-weight yet intensely-flavored wines this year, and he was the first to acknowledge that not only the prevailing weather but also the abundant crop (even allowing for thinning) helped make ripe-tasting yet relatively low must-weight Riesling possible. He notes that there was relatively little botrytis, and then late. In view of that assessment, I was surprised at the extent to which this year’s Spatlesen evinced evidence of it. As for the dry and nearly-dry wines in this year’s collection, “it’s like a homecoming,” remarks Selbach, “to get back to wines with stuffing but that are sleek, anything but heavy, and inviting of the next sip.”