Helmut Dönnhoff is regularly noted as one of the top few winemakers in Germany, and he stands head and shoulders above his peers in the Nahe region in the southwest of Germany. The trocken (dry) style is fast becoming the style of choice for many consumers, despite the indisputable high quality of the traditional sweet wines of Germany.
The Grosses Gewächs (GGs) are Germany's finest dry wines from the nation's very best vineyards - the equivalent of Grand Crus in Germany. At their best these are indisputably the best dry Rieslings in the world.
Here we have a special selection of 3 different Grosses Gewächs in a truly special and stunning case that can be enjoyed now or over the coming years.
Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl Riesling GG 2018 - 1 bottles
Felsenburg Felsentürmchen Riesling GG 2018 - 1 bottle
Norheimer Dellchen Riesling GG 2018 - 1 bottle
Krötenpfuhl - The löess loam soil of the "Krötenpfuhl" vineyard ("Frog's Pond")is notable for its high share of gravelly quartzite. Between the stony ground and its southern aspect, this neighbour to the Kahlenberg is known for warm soils and early flowering of the vines year after year. The löess loam substrate retains water well, ensuring the vines have sufficient moisture even in drought years. Vines growing in this type of pebbly soil tend to produce small berries with delicate aromas, a lively acidity and a long hang time. Like the Höllenpfad GG this is the first time this wine has been made from this site. A fine fragrance of citrus and stone fruit delivered with the Dönnhoff purity one has become accustomed to. On the palate you may at first get lulled into a sense of complacency. Rich texture, with further pleasantries provided by gently sweet nuances of gooseberry and grapefruit. (MS - JR 18 points). Overall this is a more delicate and perfumed wine than the powerful Höllenpfad.
Felsenburg Felsentürmchen is one of the great sites in the Nahe, distinguished by its wines with masses of power and extraordinary complexity. The name refers to the small 'Rock Watchtower' that hangs protectively over the vineyard on the banks of the Nahe river. A very old and famous site, splendidly located on a steep southern slope. The vines grow under extreme conditions in weathered volcanic porphyry soil. The stony ground heats quickly during the day, and that warmth produces characteristic Rieslings with a racy fruitiness and mineral acidity, internationally recognized for their distinctive flinty aromas. The vines are fully mature at around 25-35 years old and they face south-southwest capturing every ray of light and heat that summer can bring. Organically farmed, this vineyard produces a panoply of flavours covering exotic fruits (pineapple, yellow peach), citrus zest and a striking background of flint. The palate resembles the site, with a dense and sinuous pathway along the palate with impressive grip and structure. Age for at least 7 years or drink in the next 2 (consider decanting it) with lightly smoked fish drizzled in lemon and dill and olive oil.
Dellchen is a very steep vineyard in the village of Norheim framed by volcanic porphyry and melaphyre, as it runs down to the river Nahe. The terraces are slate and the vines are planted in the Dellchen, which refers to the small hollows that reside between these dramatic cliffs. These vines are due south-facing and enclosed by dry stone walls, so it receives a lot of protection and warmth and enjoys an extremely long ripening period. While the flavours are exotic (mango and papaya), Dellchen is an elegant wine overall. The acidity is delicate and there is a mineral whisper on the finish.