In a nutshell: A fine, dry, characterful German Riesling from the Nahe Valley.
The lowdown: Donnhoff are quite simply not only the best producer in the Nahe Valley but one of the best in Germany, and have been recognised so for many decades, receiving a Merit of Honour from the government back in 1953. This family producer have some outstanding vineyards in the beautiful Nahe Valley and this dry Riesling is a classic example of the estate. Grown on stony, weathered volcanic soils, and harvested and then matured in a mix of stainless steel and large German oak barrels. Wonderfully fresh and elegant with a backbone of minerality and well balanced acidity. Classic notes of lime and green apple, refined and complex, and finished with a long length. Standout German dry estate Riesling.
When to drink: As an aperitif, with fish dishes, or try with pasta in light, non-tomato sauces.
The Dönnhoff estate is firmly established as one of the best producers in the beautiful Nahe Valley and can trace its roots back to the mid 1700s. They're based in the small town of Oberhausen in the heart of the region where they have around twenty hectares of vines mainly planted with Riesling.
Helmut Dönnhoff has been the winemaker since the early 1970s and under his guidance the estate established its reputation as one of the finest in the region with admirers such as Hugh Johnson and Robert Parker. Helmut's son, Cornelius, is now at the helm and with the skill and passion he's clearly inherited the quality of the estate's output continues to impress.