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Riesling Kabinett Oberhäuser Leistenberg Süß Weisswein Dönnhoff 2008

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Stuart Pigott writes about the dedication to quality of certain German growers, the “masters of Riesling” as he describes them. “For Dönnhoff, the Hasselbachs, Leitz and Loosen” the goal is to achieve the greatest possible of aroma and flavour compatible with harmony. In the vineyards they work for low yields, and pick both late and selectively for maximum ripeness. In the cellars all pursue a policy of minimal intervention, so that nothing is lost through unnecessary filtration or fining” When everything works out it is a philosophy which results in wines that are packed with flavour, beautifully balanced and unique in character. In an age when wines are becoming ever more standardised, and quality is increasingly being defined purely in terms of thickness these are noble exceptions to the depressing rule”. The Dönnhoff estate is situated in the village of Oberhäusen between the villages of Niederhausen and Schlossböckelheim in the rocky landscape of the middle Nahe. The family first came to the region over 200 years ago and established a modest farm. They turned the farm into a fully-fledged wine estate, with the acquisition of top vineyards. The soil in the Nahe is a mixture of slate, porphyry marble (crystal and mineral-filled lava rock) and sandstone, whilst the vinification involves a very slow fermentation in classic German old oak casks. Helmut Dönnhoff has been making the wines since 1971. With Rieslings such as these it's a question of “never mind the width feel the quality”. The Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett has more than a whiff of the Mosel about it. The fine balance of apple and peach fruit and cool minerality speaks of a finesse and true elegance that few wines can match. The wine is concentrated, and very long, and without an ounce of fat. It is so light on its feet that the “Kabinett” label is not misleading, despite the much higher ripeness. Delicious.

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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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Snooth User: atonalprime
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11/07/2009

Complex and intense burst of minerality, stone fruits, and lychee. A fantastic finish that begs to be followed by another glass.


External Reviews for Riesling Kabinett Oberhäuser Leistenberg Süß Weisswein Dönnhoff

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/16/2009

A Riesling wine from Nahe in Germany. 2008 Hermann Donnhoff Riesling Kabinett Oberhauser Leistenberg 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/28/2010

Mint and oregano; lime and blueberry; quarry dust and struck flint scent Donnhoff-s 2008 Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett, which displays juicy citrus and cooling herbal notes on a palate of notable compactness and slatey intensity, dramatica... Wine Advocate. A Riesling wine from Nahe in Germany. 2008 Hermann Donnhoff Riesling Kabinett Oberhauser Leistenberg 750ml



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Stuart Pigott writes about the dedication to quality of certain German growers, the “masters of Riesling” as he describes them. “For Dönnhoff, the Hasselbachs, Leitz and Loosen” the goal is to achieve the greatest possible of aroma and flavour compatible with harmony. In the vineyards they work for low yields, and pick both late and selectively for maximum ripeness. In the cellars all pursue a policy of minimal intervention, so that nothing is lost through unnecessary filtration or fining” When everything works out it is a philosophy which results in wines that are packed with flavour, beautifully balanced and unique in character. In an age when wines are becoming ever more standardised, and quality is increasingly being defined purely in terms of thickness these are noble exceptions to the depressing rule”. The Dönnhoff estate is situated in the village of Oberhäusen between the villages of Niederhausen and Schlossböckelheim in the rocky landscape of the middle Nahe. The family first came to the region over 200 years ago and established a modest farm. They turned the farm into a fully-fledged wine estate, with the acquisition of top vineyards. The soil in the Nahe is a mixture of slate, porphyry marble (crystal and mineral-filled lava rock) and sandstone, whilst the vinification involves a very slow fermentation in classic German old oak casks. Helmut Dönnhoff has been making the wines since 1971. With Rieslings such as these it's a question of “never mind the width feel the quality”. The Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett has more than a whiff of the Mosel about it. The fine balance of apple and peach fruit and cool minerality speaks of a finesse and true elegance that few wines can match. The wine is concentrated, and very long, and without an ounce of fat. It is so light on its feet that the “Kabinett” label is not misleading, despite the much higher ripeness. Delicious.

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