Halgans refers to the Cranes that are regularly seen circling on the warm updrafts of the Halenberg vineyard. The fruit for this cuvee is 100% Halenberg, and in many respects this represents a mini Halenberg GG. Pungent citrus and slate notes flood the nose, deep but clear cut. On the palate this is wine of stunning balance, tension and power, complex mineral texture and refined concentration. Yet impressive as it is, it remains moreishly drinkable. Approximately 60% of the Halenberg production makes it into this cuvee – sure to give many a GG a run for their money.
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.