2011 Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett, H. Dönnhoff, Nahe

2011 Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett, H. Dönnhoff, Nahe

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2011 Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett, H. Dönnhoff, Nahe

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By comparison the Leistenberg vineyard, tucked away on a steep hill behind the Donnhoff's village of Oberhausen, is noticeacibly cooler, shier even, that comes from both the morning sun it receives, compounded by the clay & grey slate soil profile. Vintage dependent, the vineyard seems to have wallowed in 2011, thanks perhaps to being shielded from the heat of the sun; allowing extended hang-time. It shows great energy, crisp fruity acidity & should develop well in bottle.
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Donnhoff

Donnhoff

The Nahe River flows north into the Rhine at Bingen at the western end of the Rheingau. The best wines from the Nahe have been described as having the elegance of the Rheingau, the body of a Rheinhessen and the acidity of a Mosel.

There are several outstanding producers in the area, with the most celebrated being Helmut Dönnhoff.

He produces some of Germany's finest Riesling wines from the world-famous Niedehausen and Schlossböckelheim vineyards, as well as from the less well known Norbeim and Oberhausen vineyards.

His Kabinett and Spätlese wines are exceptionally racy wines that are rich with complex and intense mineral overtones. They are delicious when young but have the potential to improve for up to 10 years, with the top wines lasting even longer.

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Nahe

Nahe

Unlike many German regions, the Nahe’s production is focused on quality rather than quantity: 57% is QmP (equivalent of Appellation Contrôlée), 41% QbA (equivalent to Vin de Pays) and only 2% Tafelwein (Vin de Table). The climate is mild and balanced with lots of sun, moderate rainfall and very little frost; the region is also protected against cold winds by the Soonwald and Hunsrück Mountains. All this enables the grapes to have a long and dry ripening in late summer.

One of the smaller German wine regions, covering 4,300ha, Nahe’s extraordinary range of soil types is second to none. The entire rock cycle of igneous (volcanic), sedimentary (sandstone, clay, limestone) and metamorphic (slate) rocks can be found here. For this reason, the region is able to produce quite diverse wines from relatively few grape varieties: Riesling wines of great finesse and a light spiciness, fragrant Müller-Thurgau with floral hints and full-bodied and earthy Silvaner. The most important districts are around Schloss Böckelheim in the upper-middle Nahe, and Bad Kreuznach in the Lower Nahe. However the Rhenish slate at Bretzenheim and volcanic soils around Monzingen and Merxheim that yield fresh, steely Rieslings can also be very good.

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Riesling

Riesling

Riesling's twin peaks are its intense perfume and its piercing crisp acidity which it manages to retain even at high ripeness levels.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings, yet it is responsible for all its greatest wines. It is planted widely on well-drained, south-facing slate-rich slopes, with the greatest wines coming from the best slopes in the best villages. It produces delicate, racy, nervy and stylish wines that cover a wide spectrum of flavours from steely and bone dry with beautifully scented fruits of apples,apricots, and sometimes peaches, through to the exotically sweet flavours of the great sweet wines.

It is also an important variety in Alsace where it produces slightly earthier, weightier and fuller wines than in Germany. The dry Rieslings can be austere and steely with hints of honey while the Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles are some of the greatest sweet wines in the world.

It is thanks to the New World that Riesling is enjoying a marked renaissance. In Australia the grape has developed a formidable reputation, delivering lime-sherbet fireworks amid the continental climate of Clare Valley an hour's drive north of Adelaide, while Barossa's Eden Valley is cooler still, producing restrained stony lime examples from the elevated granitic landscape; Tasmania is fast becoming their third Riesling mine, combining cool temperatures with high UV levels to deliver stunning prototypes.

New Zealand shares a similar climate, with Riesling and Pinot Gris neck to neck in their bid to be the next big thing after Sauvignon Blanc; perfectly suited is the South Island's Central Otago, with its granitic soils and continental climate, and the pebbly Brightwater area near Nelson. While Australia's Rieslings tend to be full-bodied & dry, the Kiwis are more inclined to be lighter bodied, more ethereal and sometimes off-dry; Alsace plays Mosel if you like.

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Critic reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
Prominent wet-stone slate character and piquant toasted walnut lend counterpoint to lusciously juicy apple and quince in a Donnhoff 2011 Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett that epitomizes the distinctive virtues of its genre: levity, transparency to nuance, and refreshment and this despite a relatively low-acid and unusually ripe vintage in which the wine pushes 10% alcohol. A sense of extract and stuffing is evident but somehow doesnt in the least weigh-down this long-finishing Riesling with its delectably dynamic finishing interaction of stone, spice, nuts and fruit. This, Helmut Donnhoff opines, is an example of a site displaying its special talent. Look for at least 12-15 years of exemplary performance.
David Schildknecht - 28/02/2013 Read more