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Dönnhoff Roxheimer Höllenpfad Riesling Trocken

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. ERSTE LAGE® with the parcel HÖLLENPFAD IM MÜHLENBERG Classified as 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.

Dry Riesling with notably spicy fruit aromas balanced with a clear, crisp acidity. The vineyard’s red sandstone soil infuses the wine with a sprightly, almost peppery spice and characteristic fruitiness. 

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

Press & Reviews

Spectator

Score:
91
Date:
06/02/2020
Review:
Prominent acidity flows through this white, but white peach, daisy and cardamom flavors are present enough to create harmony. Silky, focused and firm overall, but shows charm, with sage and mineral notes on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2032. –AZ

Vinous Media

Score:
92
Date:
6/1/2020
Review:
This bottling from the stand of very old vines in Höllenpfad is full of juicy white peach fruit that I hadn’t expected from this site – but after all, we are talking about fruit-dominated vintage 2018. That’s not to say that certain elements conducive to austerity are absent: peach kernel piquancy, ash, crushed stone. On top of which, there is only one lone gram of residual sugar. The feel is full and firm, the minerally concentrated finish persistently pithy but juicy, and there is a welcome, saliva-inducing hint of salinity. “This is my new favorite child,” quipped Dönnhoff, “but it still has to finish school,” meaning not that these old vines need to be taught anything, but rather that he and Cornelius are still learning how to best channel this site’s and those vines’ potential. (For extensive background on this bottling and its site designation, consult my review of the inaugural vintage 2017 installment.)