Donnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spatlese Nahe Germany 2007

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Wallertheim, Rheinland-Pfalz (5,900 mi)
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Gentle aromatics with a top not of dried green onion over dusty, powdery yellow berry fruit with a whiff of white pepper. Pretty sweet with a stron... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Donnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spatlese Nahe Germany

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
11/11/2008

Gentle aromatics with a top not of dried green onion over dusty, powdery yellow berry fruit with a whiff of white pepper. Pretty sweet with a strong rush of honeydew melon right up front. Crisp and focused with lurking minerality and fine balance though towards the more powerful end of the spatlese spectrum. Long finish 91pts


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Winemaker's Notes:

The Wine Doctor explains that the Dönnhoff family have been making wine in Nahe since 1750, and the latest member of the dynasty to run the estate is Helmut. Over the centuries the family estate grew to about 12 hectares, although in recent years Helmut has accelerated this trend so that the total area of vines now under his direction is more like 20 hectares. An inspection of his vineyard portfolio is rather like a rundown of the top sites around his location in Oberhausen. The vineyards here include a variety of soils, in the case of Dönnhoff his include decomposed grey slate and volcanic rocks such as porhpyry, and are planted predominantly with Riesling which accounts for 80% of the vines, the remainder being Burgundian varieties including Weissburgunder and Grauburgunder. Dönnhoff's holdings include part of the 8.5 hectare Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle, a site rich in the aforementioned slate and volcanic rock, melaphyr as well as porphyry, an igneous melange which is perhaps responsible for some of his most exalted wines which seem to have the power to send some writers into raptures. Perhaps equally famous is the Oberhäuser Brücke vineyard, again dominated by grey slate; this site is owned in its entirety by Dönnhoff, and is notable as the source of firm, mineral, masculine wines, and of course his fabulous, cult-status eiswein. The Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spatlese is very pure and intense wine with a lovely fresh mouth feel. It has a sweetness which is pure and intense with a great mineral structure. A really quality effort from a gifted producer.

The Wine Doctor explains that the Dönnhoff family have been making wine in Nahe since 1750, and the latest member of the dynasty to run the estate is Helmut. Over the centuries the family estate grew to about 12 hectares, although in recent years Helmut has accelerated this trend so that the total area of vines now under his direction is more like 20 hectares. An inspection of his vineyard portfolio is rather like a rundown of the top sites around his location in Oberhausen. The vineyards here include a variety of soils, in the case of Dönnhoff his include decomposed grey slate and volcanic rocks such as porhpyry, and are planted predominantly with Riesling which accounts for 80% of the vines, the remainder being Burgundian varieties including Weissburgunder and Grauburgunder. Dönnhoff's holdings include part of the 8.5 hectare Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle, a site rich in the aforementioned slate and volcanic rock, melaphyr as well as porphyry, an igneous melange which is perhaps responsible for some of his most exalted wines which seem to have the power to send some writers into raptures. Perhaps equally famous is the Oberhäuser Brücke vineyard, again dominated by grey slate; this site is owned in its entirety by Dönnhoff, and is notable as the source of firm, mineral, masculine wines, and of course his fabulous, cult-status eiswein. The Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spatlese is very pure and intense wine with a lovely fresh mouth feel. It has a sweetness which is pure and intense with a great mineral structure. A really quality effort from a gifted producer.

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