Halenberg, Riesling, Grosse Gewachs, 2011

  Emrich Schönleber

Very strong, tight packed and mineral if a touch more pliable in its youth than Halenberg usually is. What superb balance. Fresh, incisive but gently buttery, crushed flavours of salt, lemon, peach, crushed rocks and minerals, so clear, pure and refined for such an explosive wine. Pick of the Grosse Gewachs wines in 2011. The Halenberg has distinctive blue slate / quartzite soils and is incredibly steep, yielding wines of great minerality, firmness and longevity Frank Schoenleber finished his harvest the 17th October, a week later there was rain. The grapes came into the winery were in perfect healty, ripe, concentrated and very clean. The Dry wines are intense and big "like 2009" Frank says adding that "conditions was also perfect for very pure late harvest wines."

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.