Dönnhoff Roxheimer Höllenpfad Riesling Trocken 2014, Nahe

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Take one very steep sloping vineyard, add red sandstone soils, put those grapes in the hands of Dönnhoff, a winery Neal Martin (a top English wine critic who's worked for Robert Parker) described as "to Nahe, what Domaine de la Romanée Conti is to the Côte D’Or", and what do you have?

Quite simply a breathtaking example of the best Riesling wine Germany can produce. There's ample yellow apple fruit here, with a hint of spice, even peppery lemony flavour there too.

Dry Riesling is terrifically versatile white wine, delicious with a dizzying array of dishes, and equally rewarding by itself. When it reaches these heights, however, you're transported to a new realm of Riesling wonderment.

the 2016 Nahe Riesling Höllenpfad Trocken is pure, fresh and elegant on the slightly flinty nose, with subtle herbal and bright fruit aromas. On the palate, this is an intense, very finessed and creamy-textured Riesling with a long and intense finish. It is well structured and reveals a persistent finish. Stephen Reinhardt, Wine Advocate
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Percentage Alcohol

12.5

Region

Nahe

Grape Variety

Riesling

Country

Germany

Style

ArrayCrisp Dry White, Oaked White

Vintage

2014

Food Match

ArrayChicken, Lentils & Pulses, Salads & Herbs

Vegan

Vegan

£29.49
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The Producer

Helmut Dönnhoff started off with just four hectares of vineyards back in 1971. Today wine writers like Jamie Goode describe him as "one of German wine's living legends." That small start has today grown to 20 hectares, still a modest amount of vines to craft some of Germany's best white wines.

The key to the critical acclaim must lie in some part to Helmut's steadfast determination to make wines, not as a business venture, but for his own pleasure. He's quoted as saying it's like interpreting a musical score, or a top chef, bringing their own touch to the fantastic quality grapes he has to work with.

For any naysayers out there, before thinking German wines are all run-of-the-mill, glugging off-dry plonk, you owe it to yourselves to taste the stunning wines of Dönnhoff.

Winemaking

Dönnhoff give you the impression that it's easy to make great wines time and again. But don't be fooled, each parcel of grapes is treated with kid gloves and very differently. You don't get to be recognised as one of German wines' greatest producers by dealing with everything as if it were the same.

Their real skill is knowing each individual site and letting the winemaking interfere as little as possible to show that in the bottle. Whole bunches of grapes are pressed within three hours of being picked. Then the juice is settled (to allow 'bits' to fall to the bottom) for 10-18 hours, but Dönnhoff doesn't believe the juice needs to be crystal clear. Tasting the juice is the final arbiter.

The Region

The Nahe isn’t a large German region – think 4,000 hectares out of a total of 100,000 hectares. But it’s made its name for producing some of the country’s best Riesling wines. The best part of the Nahe for the grape variety is slap bang in the middle, where Donnhoff is located.

Whilst Dönnhoff also makes Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc wines, its the Rieslings that take star billing. Think elegance more than opulence, and they split production between those German wines you'd call 'fruity' and those you'd think 'dry'. Of course, that changes over time, and these German Riesling white wines are fantastically long-lived.

Whilst they'd make a superb inheritance, we'd strongly suggest you enjoy them yourselves.
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An easy to prepare mid-week supper on its own or as a side dish with meat, this warm salad has plenty of gutsy flavours which need a supple, silky red with soft tannins or a white with racing acidity and a little age or oaking such as quality Dönnhoff Riesling from the Nahe.
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