Donnhoff Niederhauser Klamm Riesling Kabinett 2019
Peachy, almost delicate, meyer lemons and a back-palate stoniness, but one must wait as it had just been sulfured.
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Stunning balance of rippling peaches and mandarines with acidity that almost vibrates on the palate and a smoky tone that adds to the complexity of the very long, dry finish. From organically grown grapes with Fair'n Green certification.
The 2019 Riesling Kabinett Niederhäuser Klamm comes from a one-hectare plot with younger vines on porphyry soils, and the 2019 is only the second vintage made of this wine at Dönnhoff. The nose is precise, stony and dense, while the palate is intense, crystalline and salty, with generous yet elegant and refined Riesling fruit and lingering mineral tension, grip and complexity. Doubtlessly the finest Kabinett again this year.
Barrel Sample: 92-93
The grandchild of the estate‘s founder, Helmut Dönnhoff, paved the way for international success by establishing an enduring quality and style in his wines. His vintages would in fact become a byword for renowned German Rieslings the world over. Following his training at his parents‘ estate and university studies in winegrowing, he assumed responsibility for both vineyard and cellar starting in 1971. “Extraordinary wines are based on extraordinary vineyards. I‘m fortunate to have had the opportunity to acquire several world-class sites and in some cases to resume cultivation. It remains very much a privilege for me to produce wine from vineyards of such exceptional quality. It‘s more than I ever could have dreamed when I first started working.” This deep understanding of grand wines and grand vineyards was passed on from father to son to grandson.
The fourth generation now holds the reins: Cornelius Dönnhoff. He began his training in 1999 and, after a series of positions abroad, in 2007 returned to assume responsibility for the estate – initially for the vineyard and cellar, and now for all aspects of the operation. History continues, but the estate remains what it has always been: a family affair in every sense.
Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining its identity. A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, this versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Somm Secret—Given how difficult it is to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling from the label, here are some clues to find the dry ones. First, look for the world “trocken.” (“Halbtrocken” or “feinherb” mean off-dry.) Also a higher abv usually indicates a drier Riesling.