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Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett

Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett

Region: Nahe
Grape: Riesling
Vineyard: Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl
Soil Type: Loess loam with quartzite
Slope: 10 – 40 %
Aspect: South
Age of Vines: Approx. 15 – 35 years
Wine Making: Fermented and matured in large wooden barrels and stainless steel vats
Classification: VDP. GROSSE LAGE®

Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl

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

Press & Reviews

Wine Advocate

Score:
0

Vinous Media

Score:
92
Date:
2020-06-05
Review:
Fresh pear and apple are tinged with ginger and sea breeze on the nose, then succulently deployed on a buoyant, polished palate. The mouthwateringly salt-tinged finish is transparent to shimmering stony notes and a mysterious ore-like earthiness surprisingly reminiscent of Hermannshöhle. “The grapes were almost too ripe for Kabinett,” remarked Dönnhoff of this bottling, “but you still have that citric sense of acidity.” Had he succumbed to his inclination to start picking a week later than the estate in fact did, we would not have a Krötenpfuhl Kabinett – an observation that Dönnhoff, with a smile, declines to contradict. The wine weighs in at 9.5% alcohol, and I don’t think it would have benefited from one gram less residual sugar than whatever it has.