Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (375ML half-bottle) 2018
Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel – Grand dessert wine – tropical fruits balanced to perfection against a glorious mineral acidity. For over 100 years, the Hermannsh hle has been revered as the Nahe`s top-ranked site and the benchmark by which all other vineyards in the region are judged. It takes its name from a small mine, or “H hle”, in the middle of the hillside. “Hermann” is derived from Hermes, the Roman god of messengers and travelers, and the name likely hints at an ancient place of worship once located here. This site faces due south and lies 130 -175 m above sea level. Its soils are primarily blackish gray slate mixed with extrusive igneous rock, porphyry and limestone. For generations, this marvelous site has shaped expectations for what fine wines from the Nahe can achieve. Like its Br cke counterpart, this Auslese reflects genuinely botrytis-free grapes, said D nnhoff, but ones that were too numerous and too high in sugar to use elsewhere, “and certainly not in the Grosses Gew chs, which would then have ended up with 14% alcohol.” Sea breeze on the nose intimates the sweet-saline savor of raw scallop that emerges on this wine’s lusciously lingering, mouthwateringly umami-rich finish. White peach and quince preserves feature throughout, reinforced on the soothingly creamy palate by nougat-like nut essences. There is an animating, juicy fresh-fruit aspect as well, and a wonderful sense of both focus and transparency to stony and ore-like nuances.