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Dönnhoff Felsenberg Riesling Grosses Gewächs

Region: Nahe
Grape: Riesling
Vineyard: Schloßböckelheim Felsenberg
Soil:red volcanic igneous rock, a melange of porphyry and melaphyr
Wine making: Fermentations occur is a combination of stainless & used large oak
Slope: 50-60%
Aspect: South, Southwest
Age of Vines: Approx. 25-35 years
Classi­fied VDP. GROSSE LAGE

Felsenberg

A very old and famous site, splendidly located on a steep southern slope. The vines grow under extreme conditions in weathered volcanic porphyry soil. The stony ground heats quickly during the day, and that warmth produces characteristic Rieslings with a racy fruitiness and mineral acidity, internationally recognized for their distinctive flinty aromas. At the heart of this fantastic vineyard stands our Felsentürmchen (“small rock tower”). The mineral-rich Felsenberg grapes undergo an intense selective harvest and their wines bear the symbol of the Felsentürmchen.

A great dry Riesling, very complex, displaying great, smoky crystallized minerality with a flinty character – unmistakably Felsenberg.

Producer:
Vintage:
2018
Country:
Germany
Region:
Nahe
Appellation:
Nahe
Variety:
Riesling
Color:
White
Farming Practice:
Sustainable

Press & Reviews

Spectator

Score:
92
Date:
06/02/2020
Review:
The intense acidity and crunchy minerality create a bone-dry base for notes of lemon oil, yellow apple and quince. Spearmint details linger on the mouthwatering finish. The substance is there, but this needs several years to come together. –AZ

Vinous Media

Score:
93
Date:
6/1/2020
Review:
Huckleberry, crushed coriander seed and zesty lemon on the nose anticipate the piquancy, pungency and citricity that dominate on a firm, full, glossy palate. Stony and alkaline notes tug in an austere direction, though the gripping, penetrating finish conveys ample refreshing juiciness as well as an uncanny sense of energy. “Whatever might be your favorite from among these vintage 2018 Grosse Gewächse,” remarked Dönnhoff, “you can recognize the [taste of the] site, and that’s the goal.”