Weingut Dönnhoff, Nahe

29 06 2016

01bfa6f8e26caf2e56d6bf2fc4702f81bf0038f5e4Helmut Donnhoff is the gentlest, nicest man you’ll ever meet. When we arrived he drove us up to a nearby viewpoint on Lemberg mountain at 420m altitude to look down over the sweeping Nahe and its side valleys. We walked into the Hermannshohle vineyard where the virtually organically-grown grapes benefit from the warmth of the river below and then drove to the famous Felsenberg with the tower.

After a refreshing beer and a jolly good dinner we reconvened the next day for the tasting. What enchanting wines are these! Precision, finesse, terroir-driven. I could go on and on. Overall fantastically pure wines that are a delight to drink.

Difficult to pick out favourites here as I liked them all…

2015 Donnhoff Riesling Dry

Crisp, clean, nice balance between acidity and fruit. Light and refreshing. (Tonschiefer is very good too.)


2015 Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Riesling Dry

Earthy good nose – smell the terroir. This is very good. Lovely weight, long and fine.


2015 Roxheimer Hollenpfad Riesling Dry

Red sandstone (the only patch in the Nahe). Zippier, chiselled. Also very fine, more mineral.


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2015 Felsenberg Riesling Dry GG (Grosses Gewachs)

Has a smoky, minerality from the volcanic rock – red sandstone. Wow, lovely concentration here, searingly good. Like an elegant lady on a thoroughbred horse. Finish is so long!


2015 Dellchen Riesling Dry GG

Smells of wet stones. This has wonderful crispness and a saline, lime quality too.


2015 Hermannshohle Riesling Dry GG

Very floral, light, delicate, then develops on the finish. Very feminine, very, very fine. Lime-leaf notes.


‘Fruity’ style ie sweet:

2015 Estate Riesling

More texture and weight than the Dry version. 25-28g/l RS, 8.9g/l acidity.


2015 Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett

SE facing, slate. Very delicate, lovely minerality. A little closed at the moment.


2015 Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spatlese

A bit closed but really structured and very good. Will age well. Very lime-leaf, primary, saline.


2015 Oberhauser Brucke (monopole) Riesling Spatlese01a7924f5a816d42483ce4183c347dd5412a6e763c

Spritz. Delicate, lacy, dancing, long. Lovely.


2015 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese

Volcanic soils. Can see the weight but quite closed still.


2015 Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Auslese

7.5%, >100g/l RS. More colour, more restrained. Botrytis nose. Very long, some mandarin and apricot flavours. Incredibly fine.

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