Donnhoff Riesling Spatlese 2007

Donnhoff, VDP Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese, Oberhausen, Nahe, Germany, 2007

This wine: lot No. not found, single vineyard varietal riesling, fermented in large old neutral oak, coated natural cork closure, 9% abv, Old Bridge Wine Shop £37.52 (11/18)

Consumer tasting note: a fresh medium-sweet riesling of some age, with notes of limy-petrol, nuttiness and honey, supporting dessert apple, tropical and dried citrus nuances; medium-full bodied with a medium-long length. Drink now – RTD, but will keep – Wait. No need to decant.

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity lemon, showing tears.

Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of lime zest edged with just a hint of petrol, cut dessert apple, ripe pineapple skin, beeswax, gentle lemony citrus, hint of white peach, a hint of nuttiness, a suggestion of anise, dried lemon  peel.

Palate: medium-sweet, medium (+) acidity, low alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety oily texture with the very slightest grip, with flavours of fresh cut pineapple, papaya, unripe mango, caramelised stewed apple, lightly honeyed, an edge of nuttiness, baked apple. A sound medium-long length with a palate-clean finish of tropical fruit edged with baked apple.

Quality: very good, well-balanced acidity and residual sugar giving a clean palate on the finish; quite strong intensity throughout with a similar concentration; better than  moderate developing complexity, which given the sound medium-long length (not quite stretching to long), should continue to broaden and deepen, as what are no more than nuances now, are realised.

Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing, over say 3-6 years – unmistakably riesling, with some age, given the petrol note, with a sound structure, concentrated, complex with a medium-long length, developing nuances which, with more time, will become more defined.

Further reading

  1. The wines of Germany, part 3, Donnhoff, Nahe [online] accessed 25/11/18.

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