Halenberg, Riesling, Grosse Gewachs, 2010

  Emrich Schönleber

The darker blue slate of the Halenberg produces much less open, more intensely mineral wines than those of Fruhlingsplatzchen. Edgy, crisp well-defined flavours of lime, lemon zest with notes of dry stone and slate. Cooling, racy, taut and a little strict but a potentially explosive wine given time with its deep, complex layers of flavour. Aged in large oak wooden foudres.

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.