Riesling Trocken Grosses Gewächs ‘Felsenberg Felsentürmchen’ Weingut Dönnhoff 2014
Weingut Dönnhoff, Oberhausen, Nahe
Gault Millau German ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in 1999, Helmut Dönnhoff is slowly relinquishing the reigns to his equally talented son, Cornelius. This is the most highly regarded cellar in the entire Nahe valley and sits amongst the finest Riesling producers in the world. Helmut considers the 2011 vintage as possibly the finest of the past ten years, with power, intensity and minerality. Whilst the 2012 is a smaller crop, the wines are already being described as their equal.
The best steep plots around the famous rock turret in the middle of the magnificent Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg result in the Dönnhoff Felsenberg 'rock tower' Riesling Grosses Gewächs. Here is an excellent Riesling terroir with a soil of red volcanic hard stone, porphyry and. Melaphyre. Fermentation and maturity took place in stainless steel and classic oak barrels.
A dry Riesling, very complex, with deep, smoky, flinty crystalline minerality.