2013 Qba Hermann Dönnhoff

Grapes Riesling
Colour White
Origin Germany, Nahe
Classification Qba
ABV 10.5%

I love the softness of the Dönnhoff style. The wines have a dove-like grace that is undercut with acidity that is swift and sharp and refreshing. This one tastes of white peaches and white nectarines. It’s not dry – there are about 20-30g/l of residual sugar, balanced by that bright acidity, which gives the same impression of sweetness as biting into a ripe green melon that’s been dressed with lime. If you’re eating chilli then you actually need some sugar to deal with the heat – without it, a wine tastes two-dimensional, as if it’s been stripped of flavour.
(Jan 2016)

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The Dönnhoff family have been growing vines at Oberhausen in the Nahe since 1750. Helmut is the current man at the helm and is regarded, by his peers, as one of Germany's finest winemakers. His son Cornelius has also now started learning the ropes, in order to take over when, and if, his father retires. It was Helmut's grandfather, Hermann who made the transition from mixed farming to focus completely on growing vineyards and producing wine. Although the Nahe is one of the driest regions in Germany, Dönnhoff has not used irrigation in the vineyards for about 25 years, as he feels that the vines don't benefit from it, and that in fact the wines are worse for it.

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