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Dönnhoff Höllenpfad im Mühlenberg Riesling Grosses Gewächs

Region: Nahe
Grape: Riesling
Vineyard: Roxheimer Höllenpfad
Soil:Limestone with veins of red sandstone
Wine making: Fermentations occur is a combination of stainless & used large oak
Slope: 40-65%
Aspect: South
Age of Vines: Approx. 10-40 years
Classi­fied  VDP. GROSSE LAGE

Roxheimer Höllenpfad

Famous, steeply sloping vineyard in a small side valley of the middle section of the Nahe River. The “Höllenpfad” (“Path to Hell”) name is an old one, likely referencing both the vineyard‘s steep slope as well as the unique color of the red sandstone. The surrounding landscape is bathed daily in the rich, warm light of the evening sun as it reflects off the hillside‘s distinctive red soil. It‘s also not hard to imagine that the word „Hell“ might have been uttered by many a winegrower after a particularly laborious day on these steep slopes. The weathered warm sandstone of the Rotliegend strata lends the wines their inimitable character. Grapes grown here tend to be very small with intense, nuanced aromas; the resulting wines are elegant with a spicy mineral fruit and excellent aging potential.

The loess loam soil of the Krötenpfuhl vineyard is notable for its high share of gravelly quarzite. Between the stony ground and its southern aspect, this neighbor to the Kahlenberg is known for warm soils and early flowering of the vines year after year. The loess loam substrate retains water well, ensuring the vines have sufficient moisture even in drought years. Vines growing in this type of pebbly soil tend to produce small berries with delicate aromas, a lively acidity and a long hang time

Producer:
Vintage:
2019
Country:
Germany
Region:
Nahe
Appellation:
Nahe
Variety:
Riesling
Color:
White
Farming Practice:
Sustainable

Press & Reviews

James Suckling

Score:
98
Date:
Sept 15, 2020
Review:
The mystery of ancient herbs takes this concentrated and racy dry riesling up to another level. Old-vine concentration, but also the almost supernatural brightness and austerity of high-altitude, windy sites. Seemingly endless minerality at the finish. From organically grown grapes with Fair'n Green certification. Drink or hold.