Daily Wine 8/3/17:
Dönnhoff – Riesling – Oberhauser Leistenberg – Kabinett – Nähe – 2015
- This wine is 100% Riesling from the Nähe withing southwestern Germany, to the west of the Rheingau and Rheinhessen.
- The Leistenberg vineyard of the town Oberhausen lies in a small side valley of the Nahe. The soils and the terraced slopes give the vineyard its name since “Leisten” means “perform” in German.
- Leistenberg faces south-east and receives morning sun, which dries the vines early in the day and maintains the vine health.
- Kabinett is a classification of ripeness for when the grape is picked. Kabinett is the first of six classifications in the Prädikatsweine classifaction. The remaining five are, in order of ripeness, Auslese, Spätlese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein, and Trockenbeerenauslese. Some Kabinett wines can have residual sugar, however this one is dry on the palate.
- Dönnhoff has a total of 25 hectares of vineyards with 80% of those plantings to Riesling.
- Soils are derived of weathered slate and volcanic rock.
- Fermentation and storage happens in classic wooden barrels of German oak and stainless-steel vats.
- The family first came to the Nähe over 200 years ago.
- Helmut Dönnhoff has been making the wines since 1971.
- Pair this with a variety of foods, from salads to light cheeses to cod.