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Dönnhoff Krötenpfuhl Riesling Grosses Gewächs

Region: Nahe
Grape: Riesling
Vineyard: Kreuznacher Krötenpful
Soil: Type Loess loam with quartzite
Wine making: Fermentations occur is a combination of stainless & used large oak
Slope: 10-40%
Aspect: South
Age of Vines: Approx. 15-35 years
Classi­fied VDP. GROSSE LAGE

Kreuznacher Krötenpful

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. Th e 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.

This small site‘s advantageous microclimate ranks it among the warmest, most southerly facing and mineral-rich of the prized vineyards in Bad Kreuznach. The truly sublime Rieslings it has produced have played no small part in the growing global reputation of Nahe wines. Playful, finely fruity Kabinets and Spätleses and, in notable vintages, rich, dry Grosse Gewächse as well.

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:
Tightly wound, with a suave texture and piercing acidity cutting through the ripe citrus and yellow apple flavors. Notes of shell and wet stone are introduced toward the finish, as this wraps up on the savory side. Shows complexity and length, but needs more time. Best from 2023 through 2033. –AZ

Vinous Media

Score:
91
Date:
6/1/2020
Review:
The nose pungently and enticingly combines oregano, mustard seed, lemon zest and sea breeze. The palate is firm, tangy and bright, at 13% alcohol coming off as full and forceful. The mustard seed suggestion adds stimulating cut to a finish whose lemony brightness and animation are surprising for the vintage, and which is admirably transparent to stony, alkaline and saline nuances. (For background on this bottling – as well as information about the site – consult my lengthy review of the inaugural vintage 2017 installment.)