Weingut Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese 2016
Type: White Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: Weingut Donnhoff
Country: Germany Region: Nahe
Grapes Varieties: Riesling
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
JS=96 Another 2016 Spätlese from Dönnhoff that's still a bit shy on the nose, but on the palate, it’s like a huge glittering diamond with more facets flashing many colours. An extremely long super-mineral finish that is impeccably clean in spite of the generous grape sweetness in this masterpiece of elegance. Better from 2018 with decades of ageing potential. Made from organic grapes and Fair'n Green certified.
WA=94 The 2016 Nahe Riesling Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Spätlese is bright, fresh and coolish-piquant on the nose, with flinty and slightly reductive aromas. Lush and piquant on the palate, this is a generous, mouth-filling Spätlese with a long, piquant and spicy-mineral finish. The Hermannshöhle is more dense and rich on the palate, the Brücke more light, delicate and finessed.
AG=94 A fascinatingly multifaceted nose incorporates wet stone, leather and almond extract with more familiar white peach, quince and lime. A seductive aura of lily-like perfume hangs over this entire performance. The palate is palpably dense despite alcoholic levity, and subtly creamy while retaining animating primary juiciness. In common with its Brücke sibling, this leans more toward quince as it launches into a finish of honeyed richness – a function of nearly overripe but also nearly botrytis-free berries – yet retaining freshness as well as transparency to crystalline stony mineral nuances. “Under the right conditions,” observed Dönnhoff, “Hermannshöhle delivers something extra in the realm of sweetness, and for that, you need cool nights that preserve slightly harder acidity” – which 2016 delivered in spades. Look for significantly more from this bottling after it’s had a decade or so in bottle.
WS=93 A super-ripe spätlese, featuring peach cobbler and baked apple notes packed into a seductive framework. Precise and focused midpalate, with hints of lime, grapefruit and slate intensely displayed on a bracing structure. Features a stubbornly persistent finish. Drink now through 2036.