The 2018 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Anrecht offers beautifully deep, ripe and intense tropical fruit on the nose along with spicy slate and discreet honey aromas. Sweet, lush and piquant on the palate, this is an enormously generous, sensual and voluptuous Anrecht with crystalline acidity and a pure, fine and stimulatingly salty finish. Irresistibly elegant and highly digestible! Tasted as a sample in May 2019. (SR)
This shows great intensity, featuring flavors of baked apple, passion fruit, honey and white chocolate that are beautifully balanced and proportioned through the long, inviting finish. Very round and seductive. Best from 2022 through 2038.
The relatively deep and hence marginally more water-retentive soil in this spot compared with most of Selbach-Oster’s steep Zeltingen slopes may well have conduced to greater botrytis influence, so that the marginally slimmer, brighter personality this wine frequently exhibits vis-à-vis its “Schmitt” and “Rotlay” counterparts is absent here. Dried and confitured apricot, apple jelly and white raisin dominate on both nose and palate, conveying an impression that had whatever healthy bunches remained when this got picked instead been pulled out for a separate bottling, we would have been left with something approaching Esszencia. Interestingly, though, we’re at 8.5% alcohol here, moderately higher than this year’s “Rotlay,” significantly higher than registered by the Selbachs vintage 2017 en bloc bottlings, and of course far from that of an Esszencia. Nougat and nut paste notes add to the richness of an impressively persistent finish that from somewhere manages to call up a welcome modicum of fresh fruit juiciness. (DS)
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