Dönnhoff Tonschiefer Dry Slate Riesling 2016, Nahe

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If you've browsed through our top German Riesling wines, you'll have noticed how slate features so prominently as a key factor in producing the very best Riesling grapes. So meet Dönnhoff's Tonschiefer, which translates as 'clay slate'.

Awesome quality wine here, with a nose of honey, minerals and lemon, and a delectable palate - think honeydew melon and citrus fruit.

As with all fine German Riesling wines, you'll be able, if you wish, to marvel at how it continues to evolve and improve with many years in the bottle too. But really, this is just so good right now, there's absolutely no harm at all in indulging straightaway.

Argillaceous schist sounds like a right mineral mouthful, but the Tonschiefer does not restrict itself to slaty austerity. Fleshy white peach and crunchy fruit peel enter into an inspired alliance with vibrant acidity to produce a cool and fresh expression that takes the sting out of trocken. Jancis Robinson 16.5 pts
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Percentage Alcohol

12.0

Region

Nahe

Grape Variety

Riesling

Country

Germany

Style

ArrayCrisp Dry White, Oaked White

Vintage

2016

Food Match

ArrayGoats' Cheese, Shellfish, Thai

Vegan

Vegan

£22.99
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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 make 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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Crab Cakes

The delicate crab meat calls for a smooth, fruity, floral white which doesn't overpower the meat - Dönnhoff's Dry Slate Riesling is an almost perfect pairing.
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Pea And Goats Cheese Risotto

Risottos pair well with both reds and whites so consider the other ingredients when choosing a wine match - the combination of sweet peas and salty goats cheese call for a vibrant white with lots of fruit flavour - try northern Italian whites or Germany Riesling with racing acidity. Dönnhoff's Tonschiefer Dry Slate Riesling is particularly good.
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Moules Marinieres

A classic French dish which is surprisingly versatile with many styles of wine - for a slightly different take, try a ripe, citrussy New World white such as Semillon or German Riesling. Nahe Riesling is a winning match for Moules Marinieres.
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