Harvested on 30th December like many of the Eisweins in 2008. Frank Schonleber explained that it is so rare to wait for the Eiswein-destined berries to ripen and shrivel without picking up any rot, noble or ignoble. The grapes were harvested at -12 degrees, they had to wait for the berries to melt in the press, as they were to hard to crush initially. This is an incredible wine made from largely non botrytis, healthy berries. Honeyed and viscous with strong apricot and peach character, excellent Halenberg terroir notes of salt and mineral come through impressively well, too, despite the density of fruit on offer here, lovely aromatic white peach touches, long creamy yet wonderfully steely on the finish, there is a lemon zest raciness but it is seamless at the same time, this is pitch perfect, not a note out of place. 250g/l residual sugar.
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.