Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Riesling Auslese, Pradikatswein, Zeltingen (mid-way between Urzig and Bernkastel-Kues), Mosel, Germany, 1995
This wine: lot No. not found, so a single bottling run assumed; varietal riesling, natural cork closure stained to full length, easily extracted having lost its elasticity, but remained complete, 8% abv, Old Bridge Wine Shop, £41.80 (10/18)
Consumer tasting note: a mature medium-dry (Mittel) Mosel riesling, strongly aromatic, with notes of dried stone and tropical fruits, lime marmalade edged with a petrol hint, honeyed, a nutty edge and dried citrus peel; medium-full bodied, low alcohol, with flavours of dark orange marmalade, dried stone fruit, peach jam, and a raisined edge. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, but will keep – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity gold, showing tears [a tiny quantity of very fine white sediment].
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come of crystallised pineapple, old lime marmalade edged with a hint of petrol, old polished wood, dried apple, dried peach, honeyed hints, dried currant, dried lemon and lime peel, sultana, a hint of nuttiness, stewed yellow peach, dried orange peel.
Palate: medium-dry, apparent medium acidity, low alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth velvety almost oily texture with a light grip, with flavours of dark orange marmalade, dried pineapple, dried peach, over-ripe papaya, rich peach jam, a touch raisined. A long length with a clean dried stone fruit-pineapple finish, with a light grip.
Quality: outstanding, perfectly balanced acidity with residual sugar, leaving a clean palate on spitting; a solid intensity with a similar concentration; a riesling with a fully developed hue and tertiary profile of moderate verging on high complexity, having seen old oak at some stage in its life, with notes of an aged oxidised character, of dried fruits, a touch honeyed, edged with petrol and nuts. Follows into a sound long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 5-10 years – a sound structure and balance, lots of concentration and complexity of a tertiary, fully developed character.