2011 Riesling Dry QbA Dönnhoff

Colour
White
Producer
Helmut Dönnhoff
Region
Nahe, Germany & Austria
Grape
Riesling
Drinking
2012-2016
Case Size
6x75cl
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2011 Riesling Dry QbA Dönnhoff
Colour
White
Producer
Helmut Dönnhoff
Region
Nahe, Germany & Austria
Grape
Riesling
Drinking
2012-2016
Case Size
6x75cl
Available Now

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Case price

£60.00 (Ex. VAT)

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(2 in stock)

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Tasting Notes

David Schildknecht, February 2013, Score: 88/100

Ripe quince, apple and cassis with wet stone and alkaline overtones inform Donnhoff’s 2011 Riesling (as usual, from Oberhauser Felsenberg), a significantly juicier, clearer, and more charming effort than this year’s corresponding Gutsriesling trocken. Hints of apple pip and nut oil piquancy add to the invigoration of a sustained, succulent, subtly sweet finish. This should remain delightfully versatile for at least half a dozen years. Drink: 2013 - 2019. 88/100

Producer

Helmut Dönnhoff

Quiet and immensely modest, Helmut Dönnhoff is one the best producers in all of Germany and whose estate is arguably the most famous outside of the Mosel valley. His family domaine dates from 1750 and is comprised of 20-hectares in the Nahe, a region located southeast of the Mosel. Its climate unexpectedly evokes the Mediterranean, and its soils are comparable to the Mosel with the addition of clay, though not as steep. The combination of these 2 elements seems to give the best of both worlds - the focus and minerality of the Mosel as well as the fleshy fruit of Germany's warmer regions. These characters, combined with Helmut's natural (and perfectionist) winemaking philosophy and Burgundian-like persona, enable his wines to have extraordinary power, concentration and complexity. Indeed, they are penetrating and tasting them is like listening to excerpts of the world's greatest arias. Now joined by his son Cornelius, the estate continues to flourish. One cannot help but be reminded why German wines used to command the prices of first growth Bordeaux. Spellbinding and thought-provoking, they are worth discovering.

Region

Nahe, Germany & Austria

Nahe is located to the south east of the Mosel. Its climate unexpectedly evokes the Mediterranean, and its slate soils are comparable to the Mosel with the addition of clay, though not as steep. The combination of these two elements seems to give the best of both worlds - the focus and minerality of the Mosel as well as the fleshy fruit of Germany's warmer regions.

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