Impressive floral and stone purity here, really clear fine citrus fruits, a touch of herb and pear skin. The palate is very finely textured, composed, and balanced. There is a little mid palate extract that gives shape, and lovely fresh acidity holding up the bergamot and white currant fruit on the finish. This is just above the level of residual sugar permitted for ‘trocken’ bottlings, though drier than most feinherbs.
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.
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.