Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 375 ml. 2019

99 James Suckling | 97 Wine Advocate

A stunning Riesling from one of the world’s best Riesling producers that wine critic James Suckling called, “An absolute masterpiece of winemaking in the off-dry riesling style!”


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Country: Germany

Region: Niederhauser Hermannshohle, Nahe

Variety: Riesling

Terroir: south facing slope; slate and porphyry soils; up to 15-30 year old vines; warm and dry climate, low rainfall

Winemaking: fermented and matured in stainless steel vats; sustainable farming

Dönnhoff’s holdings represent some of the best vineyards in the Nahe and all of Germany. Cornelius Dönnhoff farms ten different Grand Cru sites, including a majority of the top-rated Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle and Oberhäuser Brücke Monopole and is certified Fair N Green sustainable.

The Dönnhoff family first came to the Nahe region 250 years ago, establishing a traditional farm in the village of Oberhäusen an der Nahe, which included livestock and vegetable gardens in addition to some grape growing. Oberhäusen and this part of the Nahe river valley is very pastoral; it feels far away from the relative hustle and bustle of the Rheingau and wine tourism. The countryside is serene and beautiful, marked by steep hillside vineyards in the succession of villages following the river from Norheim to Niederhausen, through Oberhäusen, ending in Schlössbockelheim.

The estate was started by Helmut Dönnhoff’s grandfather, Hermann, in the 1920s. Helmut took over from his father, Hermann Jr. in 1966; at that time there were only four hectares under vine and still quite a bit of farmland, which was rented out. In 1971, the farmland was sold and Helmut turned his full attention to producing quality wine.

Helmut is a very instinctive winemaker with a natural touch that he’s clearly passed on to his son Cornelius, who joined him at the winery 2007. The Dönnhoffs believe in craft and workmanship with the understanding that “winemaking alone cannot bring quality; it can only retain the available quality.” Cornelius is as thoughtful as his father and the two share the same view on winemaking, viticulture, and taste in wine. (skurnik.com)

99 Points, James Suckling
Welcome to the Nahe Riesling deep end, from where you can look up and still see the sun. Enormous depth and complexity at the spectacular finish, but oh, so filigree! An absolute masterpiece of winemaking in the off-dry riesling style!

97 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2019 Riesling Auslese Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle is crystalline and flinty on the precise, ethereal and bright nose that represents the terroir of the Hermannshöhle beautifully and irresistibly. On the palate, this is a highly finessed, filigreed, playful and delicate Auslese with stimulating piquancy and salinity on the weightless and frisky but elegant finish. This is a fascinating Auslese with great detail and precision.


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