Donnhoff 2018 "Niederhäuser Hermannshohle" Riesling Auslese 'Goldkapsel', Nahe, Germany [375ml half bottle]
Donnhoff 2018 "Niederhäuser Hermannshohle" Riesling Auslese, Nahe, Germany [375ml half bottle]
Hermannshöhle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel – Grand dessert wine – tropical fruits balanced to perfection against a glorious mineral acidity.
The Dönnhoff family first came to the Nahe region over 200 years ago, and after establishing a modest farm slowly evolved into a full-fledged wine estate. Helmut Dönnhoff has been making the wine since 1971, and now his son Cornelius works alongside in the winery and in their 25 hectares of Erste Lage, or grand cru vineyards. Their holdings represent some of the best in the Nahe and all of Germany.
Terroir: Niederhauser Hermannshöhle: Argillaceous slate with limestone veins and volcanic elements, 40 – 60% slope with southern aspect.
Vinification: Fermented and matured in stainless steel vats.
Variety: Up to 65 years-old riesling
Classification: VDP. GROSSE LAGE
Hermannshöhle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel – Grand dessert wine – tropical fruits balanced to perfection against a glorious mineral acidity. For over 100 years, the Hermannshöhle has been revered as the Nahe‘s top-ranked site and the benchmark by which all other vineyards in the region are judged. It takes its name from a small mine, or “Höhle”, in the middle of the hillside. “Hermann” is derived from Hermes, the Roman god of messengers and travelers, and the name likely hints at an ancient place of worship once located here. This site faces due south and lies 130 –175 m above sea level. Its soils are primarily blackish gray slate mixed with extrusive igneous rock, porphyry and limestone. For generations, this marvelous site has shaped our expectations for what fine wines from the Nahe can achieve. A perfect, steep southern slope with soils consisting of blackish grey slate and volcanic elements, extremely rich in minerals. The stuff of legends, for over 100 years this has been the most lauded site in the entire Nahe winegrowing region.