Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle, Riesling, Spätlese
Dönnhoff

Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle, Riesling, Spätlese,

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Dönnhoff, Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle, Riesling, Spätlese, 2013

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Dönnhoff, Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle, Riesling, Spätlese, 2013

A magnificent nose parades notes of spiced peach, wild strawberry, fresh white peach and vanilla pod. The palate has lots of powerful extract, yet finishes so utterly refined and elegant. This has it all. Long, regal and destined for a long life, firm with slate character yet open and generous with its fruit already. A great marriage of elegance and power.

Maturity:
Keep/Drink
ABV:
13%
94/100
David Schildknecht, Vinous
A fascinatingly multifaceted nose incorporates wet stone, leather and almond extract with more familiar white peach, quince and lime. A seductive aura of lily-like perfume hangs over this entire performance. The palate is palpably dense despite alcoholic levity, and subtly creamy while retaining animating primary juiciness. In common with its Brücke sibling, this leans more toward quince as it launches into a finish of honeyed richness – a function of nearly overripe but also nearly botrytis-free berries – yet retaining freshness as well as transparency to crystalline stony mineral nuances. “Under the right conditions,” observed Dönnhoff, “Hermannshöhle delivers something extra in the realm of sweetness, and for that you need cool nights that preserve slightly harder acidity” – which 2016 delivered in spades. Look for significantly more from this bottling after it’s had a decade or so in bottle.
Date Reviewed:
04/2018

specifications

country:
Germany
region:
Nahe
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Producer:
Dönnhoff
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Allergen Information:
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Dönnhoff

Dönnhoff

The Dönnhoff family bought a modest estate in the Nahe in the 1750s. In 1971 current owner, Helmut Dönnhoff produced his first vintage and has not looked back since. A regular on the shortlist of ‘German Winemaker of the Year’ and actual winner in 1999, Helmut’s work is helping the Nahe to take a share of the plaudits showered on the more internationally renowned German wine regions of the Mosel and the Rheingau. His cool, calm demeanour is a stark contrast to the demonic fervour with which he tends his vineyards. Only the best hand-picked fruit will do, in order to produce wines that are honest refl ections of the Riesling grape and the terroir its planted in whether it be the volcanic soils of the Kupfergrube (copper mine), the deep, cool Brücke, the slate/sandstone Hermanshöhle or the slate of the Leistenberg. Fermentation is in the traditional large old wooden casks and there is a light filtration before bottling. Some of Germany’s most intense, bewitching and mouthwatering wines, that mixes Rheingau body with Mosel minerality.

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