Donnhoff QmP/VDP Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese Goldcap, Nahe, Germany 2007
Natural cork closure, 8.5% abv, £33, BBR.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with complex aromas opening with a delicate floral note then rich yet delicate limy citrus, then botrytised notes of dried citrus, very ripe apricot and nectarine, warm stewed apple, a quince-like note, and warm honeyed nuances.
Palate – a medium sweet wine, with high balancing acidity, no tannin, low alcohol, an oily glycerol texture, with a full body, and medium (+) intensity flavours of rich over-ripe citrus – lime and grapefruit, then botrytis again – ripe apricot, stewed stone fruit, tropical nuances of pineapple and mango, and a warm rich honeyed note underpinning all. A very long length with a clean slightly gum drying finish.
Quality – A wine of outstanding quality with perfectly balanced acidity and residual sugar delivering uncloyed sweetness. A developing wine with great concentration of flavour and a complex palette of aroma and flavour, including rich honeyed and tropical botrytis notes. A superbly long length with a precise clean finish. There is balance, acidity and intensity of flavour for this wine to continue to develop in cellar for a further 10-15 years.