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Dönnhoff Hermannshöhle Riesling Grosses Gewächs

Region: Nahe
Grape: Riesling
Vineyard: Niederhauser Hermannshöhle
Soil Type: Argillaceous slate with limestone veins and volcanic elements
Slope 40 – 60%
Aspect South
Age of Vines: Up to 65 years
Classi­fication: VDP. GROSSE LAGE
Wine-making: Fermented and matured in stainless steel vats.

Niederhauser Hermannshöhle

For over 100 years, the Hermannshöhle has been revered as the Nahe‘s top-ranked site and the benchmark by which all other vineyards in the region are judged. It takes its name from a small mine, or “Höhle”, in the middle of the hillside. “Hermann” is derived from Hermes, the Roman god of messengers and travelers, and the name likely hints at an ancient place of worship once located here. This site faces due south and lies 130 –175 m above sea level. Its soils are primarily blackish gray slate mixed with extrusive igneous rock, porphyry and limestone. For generations, this marvelous site has shaped our expectations for what fine wines from the Nahe can achieve.

A perfect, steep southern slope with soils consisting of blackish grey slate and volcanic elements, extremely rich in minerals. The stuff of legends, for over 100 years this has been the most lauded site in the entire Nahe wine growing region.

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

Press & Reviews

Spectator

Score:
93
Date:
06/02/2020
Review:
Cardamom and white pepper aromas and flavors give way to nectarine and gooseberry notes in this tightly wound, bone-dry Riesling. The minerality is prominent, giving this a woolly texture, with hints of wet stone adding to the complexity. The finish shows grip and depth. Give this time. –AZ

Vinous Media

Score:
95
Date:
6/1/2020
Review:
Bittersweet, smoky herbal and nutty notes, along with an ore-like sense of deep mineral earthiness, serve as ideal foils for generously juicy ripe white peach and bright Meyer lemon. The feel is full and firm, and the finish is superbly multileveled, but with a strong emphasis on darkly earthy and minerally low-tones whose resonance sets the tongue and tonsils quivering. (And yes, it also refreshes.)