Riesling Spätlese Oberhauser Brücke Dönnhoff 2005

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  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2005
  • ABV: 8,5%
  • Origin: Nahe/Germany
  • Grapes: Riesling


The Nahe River flows north into the Rhine at Bingen at the western end of the Rheingau. The best wines from the Nahe have been described as having the elegance of the Rheingau, the body of a Rheinhessen and the acidity of a Mosel. There are several outstanding producers in the area, with the most celebrated being Helmut Donnhoff. He produces some of Germany's finest Riesling wines from the world-famous Niedehausen and Schlossböckelheim vineyards, as well as from the less well known Norbeim and Oberhausen vineyards. His Kabinett and Spätlese wines are exceptionally racy wines that are rich with complex and intense mineral overtones. They are delicious when young but have the potential to improve for 10 years, with the top wines lasting even longer.

The cool Brücke vineyard is a Spätlese specialist and this immediately announces itself with a crystal clear, diamond cut nose that is both open and inviting but also cool and crystalline. Silky, cool and fluid through the palate, with an intense, focussed sweetness at its core. This is a wonderful combination of invite and intensity, with almost chewy, white peach skin flavoured extract dominating the finish. Delicious.

'Cool, dense, the nose of this wine draws you in. The sweetness is there only on the palate and is not especially obvious. Great balance but very embryonic. Racy and crackling – very obviously different after a run of Mosels.' 17pts, Jancis Robinson, tasted 2006

'Fruit is the overriding driving force here, with sweet, ripe pear and ripe apple aromas, and a touch of juicy nectarine. There is still that signature undertone of minerality. Beautifully smooth, silky palate, where sweet fruit plays very delicately on the palate - there is such purity and finesse, with an achingly pure, ethereal quality to the fruit. Fabulous balance again, with all the acidity and hints of spice and waxy weight perfectly composed within the overall framework. Stunning. From a very special vineyard close to the river ("Brücke" means bridge) with a microclimate that sees warmer days and cooler nights, from soils which are slaty, but covered with a layer of loam.' 92pts, Tom Cannavan, tasted 2006



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