Donnhoff ~ the magical 2013 wines are now available

Weingut Dönnhoff, Nahe 2013
To watch Helmut Donnhoff is as good a way to identify the quality of the wine other than the brilliance on the palate. If he is pleased with the wine there is a twinkle in his eye and a modest almost indiscernible smile crosses his lips. There is no doubt that as Cornelius steps into his father’s shoes the estate will maintain its position as one of the finest and most followed in Germany and the wine-drinking world. The 2013 vintage saw a very late bud burst but difficult flowering weather, resulting in fantastic quality but a low yield, a full 30% lower than 2012, which was small by recent standards. The harvest was extremely late not finishing until 22 November.
Donnhoff, both Helmut and son Cornelius, have kept the faith with top-quality sweet wines throughout the extended drying of taste preferences for white wines in Germany – Jancis Robinson
Weingut H. Donnhoff, Nahe, Germany
The Donnhoff family first came to the region over 200 years ago and developed a wine estate by the gradual acquisition of top vineyards in Oberhausen (their home village); Schlossbockelheim (upriver); Niederhausen & Norheim (both downriver). Helmut & Cornelius Donnhoff, the current father & son team, have continued to purchase sites in the Kupfergrube (coppermine), Kirschheck (cherry hedge) and Dellchen (little dell) vineyards.
Nahe’s most illustrious vineyard is the Niederhauser Hermannshohle (Hermann’s hollow) which was rated first in a classification of the Nahe in 1901, although the region wasn’t recognized as an independent wine-growing region until 1930. Since then several once-great estates have fallen by the wayside, which has allowed Donnhoff to assume the dominant role. Donnhoff has once again produced an outstanding array of wines.
I am delighted that this is as varied a list of Donnhoff that I have ever been able to offer, including an increased range of magnums this year. However, please be advised of the limited availability of these superb wines (go on give them a try – you won’t be disappointed!). Allocations may be necessary.
2013 Tonschiefer Dry Slate Riesling
£65 per 6ib; £24 per magnum ib
Some real depth to this wine with polish and tonic qualities. Long. Drink 2014-2018 Jancis Robinson 16.5 points
2013 Roxheimer Hollenpfad Riesling Trocken
£31 per magnum ib
Quite floral, intense and with really crunchy fruit. Very long indeed. Drink 2016-2023 Jancis Robinson 16.5 points
2013 Dellchen Riesling Grosses Gewachs
£145 per 6ib
Never the biggest puncher among the Grosse Gewächse, the Dellchen tends to state its case through elegance and finesse, and in this way 2013 does not differ from preceding vintages. It would be true to say that the acidity is more pronounced in this vintage, giving the wine a very lively character and very subtly chiselled purity. It is probably a little less fruity than in previous years, but does have a fine herbal finish to produce the customary complexity. Drink 2014-2023 Michael Schmidt on 18 points
2013 Felsenberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs
£150 per 6ib; £55 per magnum ib
The Felsenberg exhibits one of the most intricate fragrances of any of the 2013 Grosse Gewächse with aromas of hay, meadow flowers, yellow fruit and the merest of herbal notions. Add to this a mouth-watering acidity and creamy texture, and you have a charming, complex and elegant cru deserving of the attribute great. Drink 2014-2023 Michael Schmidt on 18.5 points
2013 Hermannshohle Riesling Grosses Gewachs
£160 per 6ib; £60 per magnum ib
There is something fresh and cool about the fragrance of the Hermannshöhle, although the customary yellow fruit aromas are not missing. On the palate apple and lime produce a mouth-watering alliance which is perfected by a scintillating acidity. Add to this already intriguing combination a generous measure of compact minerality and you have the makings of one of the most promising Grosse Gewächse of the 2013 vintage. Drink 2014-2023 Michael Schmidt on 18.5 points
2013 Kreuznacher Krotenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett
£55 per 6ib; £25 per magnum ib
An off-dry Riesling with a particularly spicy fruit nose in delicious harmony with a classy, well-defined fruit acidity. Drink 2016-2021 Seckford 16 points
2013 Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett
£60 per 6ib; £28 per magnum ib
Exciting and racy. Lively – far from rich and creamy – but crunchy and it should eventually be rewarding. Drink 2016-2022 Jancis Robinson 16+ points
2013 Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese
£110 per 6ib; £48 per magnum ib; £100 per jeroboam ib (just 2)
Very pale. Firm and not that sweet. Masses of tight acidity. Just a little hard at the moment. Drink 2017-2027 Jancis Robinson 16 points
2013 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese
£135 per 6ib; £55 per magnum ib
Broad white-currant aromas and awfully youthful. Clean and fresh though very simple at the moment. Drink 2019-2030 Jancis Robinson 16.5+ points
2013 Norheimer Dellchen Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule
£175 per 12 halves ib
Another step-up here; these Auslesen Gold Capsules are showing great aromatic complexity with an elegant mineral acidity. Beautifully balanced – sit back and savour this. 2018-2028 Seckford 17 points
2013 Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule
£200 per 12 halves ib
Full of fruit and excitement. Blackcurrant leaves. Hint of golden syrup and very youthful but does smell of real Auslese! Massive acid though. Drink 2019-2029 Jancis Robinson 17 points
2013 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule
£225 per 12 halves ib
This is outstanding. Broad and rich and full of fruit. Very precise and such class! Drink 2018-2032 Jancis Robinson 18 points
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James Maitland
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Wine List Last Updated: 18/12/2014 17:25:38