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Felsenturmchen Riesling Spatlese Donnhoff 2007

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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. Felsentürmchen“ is a small tower in the vineyard Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg. The vines growing around it are of a very high quality. It is a very old famous site, steep south slope with volcanic soil. It is very stony and rich in minerals. The soil is easy to heat up so the wines growing there are typical Rieslings with lively acid and fruit of a full ripe kind.

Region: Germany » Nahe

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A Nahe estate - and one of the top performers. Not many estates outside the Mosel receive as much attention as those within it, but if there are any exceptions then perhaps Dönnhoff is one. The estate, which is over 12 hectares in size, has been in the Dönnhoff family since 1750, and is currently run by Helmut Dönnhoff. The Dönnhoffs own vines in only the top vineyards of the Nahe Valley. These... Read more
A Nahe estate - and one of the top performers. Not many estates outside the Mosel receive as much attention as those within it, but if there are any exceptions then perhaps Dönnhoff is one. The estate, which is over 12 hectares in size, has been in the Dönnhoff family since 1750, and is currently run by Helmut Dönnhoff. The Dönnhoffs own vines in only the top vineyards of the Nahe Valley. These vineyards are sited in several nearby villages, namely Niederhäuser (Hermannshöhle), Oberhauser (Brucke), Schloßböckelheimer (Felsenberg and Kupfergrube), and Norheimer (Kirschheck and Dellchen). The vineyards are principally slate or volcanic soil, and are planted with Riesling and also some Burgundian varieties. Read less

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Source: Vintners Cru
01/27/2015

Donnhoff-s 2007 Riesling Spatlese Felsenturmchen once again reflects a particular (cooler, stonier) portion of the Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg high up and well back from the Nahe. Gentian, red currant, citrus oils, and a whiff of smoke in the nose usher in a rich, sappy, subtly creamy yet tremendously refreshing palate in which tropical mango and citrus meet Northern European red currant. A lick of salt adds invigoration to the long finish. This misses the dazzling complexity and subtlety of the Krotenpfuhl or the ethereal florality of the Kirschheck, but it is built to last, and over the next two decades I am sure there will be times when it overtakes them not to mention overwhelms those lucky enough to have cellared some with its beauty. eRobertParker.com , #185 Oct 2009, David Schildknecht



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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. Felsentürmchen“ is a small tower in the vineyard Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg. The vines growing around it are of a very high quality. It is a very old famous site, steep south slope with volcanic soil. It is very stony and rich in minerals. The soil is easy to heat up so the wines growing there are typical Rieslings with lively acid and fruit of a full ripe kind.

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