Extremely clear in colour, with notes of honey, raisin and white flowers on the nose. This really is a very pure goldcap , wonderfully long and intense, clear and direct. “The botrytis grapes were really very pure in 2013, there was nothing that had to be sorted out, no bad rot, nothing. It was just a case of did we want botrytis or not. This particular cuvee is solely comprised of shrivelled botrytis grapes – it could easily have been a BA if we’d waited”. Wonderful stuff.
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.