Niederhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese, Weingut Dönnhoff 2011


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Tasting Notes

A riveting, high-toned aromatic diversity announces the Donnhoff 2011 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese with themes that inform an at once creamy yet subtly tannic and vibrant palate: quince, pear, lychee, nut oils, fusel oils, distilled herbal essences, brown spices, and smoky black tea. This behaves as if a bit of Traminer had been blended-in. The rich nuttiness and glaze of honey as well as sheer succulence of fruit make for a more opulent performance than that of Brucke, but to say that this is less energetic or dynamic would be misleading. Its incessant interplay of elements is utterly kaleidoscopic - just more calmly harmonious than the Spatlese from next door. Like that sibling, this deserves to be followed for a good quarter-century.

Score: 96David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate (205), February 2013

Delicately refined aromas of pineapple, quince and herbs. The refreshing palate offers a subtle interplay of ripe citrus fruits and salty minerality. A pure and expressive finish provides stature. I may be underrating this, but it's certainly one of the great spatleses of the vintage.

Score: 92Joel B Payne, International Wine Cellar, January 2013

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