2014 Hermannshöhle Riesling Dry Grosses Gewächs, Dönnhoff, Nahe

There’s a story behind the name of most vineyards and Hermannshöhle is no exception – derived from the Greek god of travellers and messengers there is a small cave (höhle) in the middle of the hillside. Considered the best site in the Nahe, a “proper grand cru”, the south-facing slope with a mixture of blue and grey slate yields a Riesling of power and refinement. Dönnhoff’s 2014s are textbook examples of the capacity of this noble grape to faithfully reflect its origin with incredible focus and laser etched precision and the Hermannshöhle is the absolute pinnacle of Riesling – it just doesn’t get better than this!

Critic score
97/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Germany
  • Grape
    Riesling
  • Maturity
    Young 2018 - 2030
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    -
  • Organic
    -
  • Classification
    Grosses Gewächs
  • Food match
    -
2014 Hermannshöhle Riesling Dry Grosses Gewächs, Dönnhoff, Nahe

TASTING NOTES

Nahe grower Dönnhoff would be in most people’s top 10 in German dry Riesling. The estate dates back to 1750. Helmut Dönnhoff has recently ceded his place to his son Cornelius but he remains very much a part of the furniture. There are 25ha of vines grown on a mixture of slate, sandstone and the volcanic soils so typical of this part of the Nahe. The best wines are from sites such as Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle, Norheimer Dellchen and Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg.

Decanter (July 2016)
97/100

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