Donnhoff 2018 "Oberhäuser Leistenberg" Riesling Kabinett, Nahe, Germany

Donnhoff 2018 "Oberhäuser Leistenberg" Riesling Kabinett, Nahe, Germany

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Donnhoff 2018 "Oberhäuser Leistenberg" Riesling Kabinett, Nahe, Germany

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: Vineyard of Oberhauser Leistenberg: Grey, carbon-laced decomposed argillaceous slate, with a slope ranging from 30-60% with southeast aspect.

Vinification & Aging: Fermented and matured in stainless steel vats and large neutral oak barrels. 

Variety: Riesling from 25-40-year-old vines.

Classi­fication: VDP. GROSSE LAGE 

The Leistenberg vineyard lies in a small side valley of the Nahe just outside Oberhausen. The name is a double play on words. “Leisten ”  means “achieve ” in German, and the Leistenberg perpetually lives up to  its name. “Lei ” is also a regional word for slate, and these warm,  decomposed claclay-slatey slate soils and steep terraced hillsides provide ideal conditions for Riesling to thrive. Th e southeast-facing slope basks in  the morning sun, which dries out any excess moisture and pro Themotes  healthy fruit. Th e afternoon sun is less powerful, nurturing a long ripening period and moderate alcohol levels. An ideal vineyard for  Kabinett wines of high minerality and sophisticated elegance. Traditional, precise Kabinett with delicate slate aromatics. Nuanced finesse and spicy acidity


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