Monzinger Halenberg, Riesling, Auslese, 2012

  Emrich Schönleber

The sheer blue slate Halenberg site tends to provide firm, slate driven mineral wines. In 2012 about 40% botrytis made it into this cuvee, but owing to the health of the grapes it was only marginally shrivelled botrytis. Very light in colour with highly refined fresh notes of wild strawberry, red cherry and mango on the palate. Sadly only 600 litres were made of this compelling, lifted wine.

Contains Sulphites.

About Emrich Schönleber

A great Nahe estate that was started by Werner Schönleber in the 1960s with just two hectares. Today the estate comprises 14 hectares, mainly Riesling, on the slate and quartzite soils of the Halenberg and Frühlingsplatzchen vineyards. Intense vineyard work and spontaneous fermentation in old oak casks together with ageing in steel vat conspire to produce intense, long lived Nahe Riesling that combines floral, charming qualitites with intense minerality. For the last five years, this estate has been perfoming to is maximum, rivalling Germany’s very greatest producers.

Appellation: Nahe

The Nahe comprises vineyards that occupy each bank of the river Nahe, to the south of Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. The wines are often characterised by spice, red apple notes and intense minerality, and in the hands of producers like Hermann Donnhoff can be some of Germany's greatest wines.