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Donnhoff 'Oberhäuser Brücke' Riesling Spätlese, Nahe, Germany 2021

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RIESLING
SWEET & COMPLEX and MINERAL
SUSTAINABLE FARMING
CRITIC SCORE 90+ and COLLECTIBLE & CELLAR-WORTHY
NAHE
GERMANY

Dönnhoff 'Oberhäuser Brücke' Riesling Spätlese 2021

The Dönnhoff family first came to the Nahe region over 200 years ago, and after establishing a modest farm slowly evolved into a full-fledged wine estate. Helmut Dönnhoff has been making the wine since 1971, and now his son Cornelius works alongside in the winery and in their 25 hectares of Erste Lage, or grand cru vineyards. Their holdings represent some of the best in the Nahe and all of Germany. 

  • Winemaker: Helmut & Cornelius Dönnhoff
  • Variety: Riesling
  • Farming: Sustainable
  • Terroir: Oberhauser Brücke, Grey slate bedrock covered by a layer of loess loam with a Slope 0 – 15% and South by southwest aspect.
  • Vinification: Grapes are always picked by hand at Dönnhoff over two to three passes through each vineyard. To preserve laser-like focus and clarity in the wines, the grapes are pressed as soon as possible – within 3 hours of picking. Wines are fermented in traditional German casks (1200 L stuck and 2400 L doppelstuck) as well as stainless steel with spontaneous fermentations.
    Donnhoff’s cellar is unique in its capacity to hold all of its production entirely in stainless steel or in cask, allowing for the ideal élevage for any wine at any point during a vintage.
  • Scores: 98 Points, James Suckling (2022-08-03)

Oberhauser Brücke is a monopole site for Dönnhoff – the historic Luitpoldbrücke (Luitpold Bridge), built during the period of Royal Bavarian administration, crosses the Nahe River directly adjacent to the village of Oberhausen. Opposite that bridge lies a small vineyard parcel that benefits greatly from the nearby river’s moderating influence. A distinctive microclimate is created, protecting the vines and promoting early flowering each year, which translates into a long growing season for the late-ripening Riesling grape. The special soil composition, consisting of grey slate bedrock covered by a layer of loess loam, ensures an adequate water supply for the vines even during drought years. These conditions and ancient geology give rise to distinctive and elegant Riesling wines of great structure and concentration. The sheltered valley location is also a perfect stage for grapes to freeze on the vine in cold weather, the necessary precondition for luscious ice wines.These unusual conditions are the reason why this vineyard parcel, though measuring just 1.1 ha, is registered as one of the smallest protected sites on the Nahe.