In a nutshell: An excellent single vineyard dry Riesling from the consistently great Donnhoff in the German Rhinelands.
The lowdown: This Riesling comes from the special Hollenpfad vineyard located in the Nahe region and is famed for its steep slope and distinctive red sandstone soils. This weathered, warm sandstone gives the wines their distinct character and always produces grapes with small berries and thick skins. Structured and complex with particularly spicy fruit aromas that lead onto a weighty palate with rich fruits, exotic spice and a touch of pepper balanced with crisp, natural acidity and finished with a very long length.
When to drink: An excellent wine that drinks well now but will keep and evolve over the next 5+ years.
The Dönnhoff estate is firmly established as one of the best producers in the beautiful Nahe Valley and can trace its roots back to the mid 1700s. They're based in the small town of Oberhausen in the heart of the region where they have around twenty hectares of vines mainly planted with Riesling.
Helmut Dönnhoff has been the winemaker since the early 1970s and under his guidance the estate established its reputation as one of the finest in the region with admirers such as Hugh Johnson and Robert Parker. Helmut's son, Cornelius, is now at the helm and with the skill and passion he's clearly inherited the quality of the estate's output continues to impress.