Dönnhoff 2019 Vintage - Jancis Robinson Tasting notes
ABS Wine Agencies, Thu 16 Jul 2020
Jancis Robinson reviews of the Dönnhoff 2019 Vintage
DÖNNHOFF RIESLING TROCKEN 2019
16 Points - RS 4 g/l, 11.5%, Drink 2021 – 2024
“Mild, well-balanced dry Riesling nose. Not too hard or austere and a good expression of Nahe’s balance between body and crackling freshness. Touch of hardness on the end, mind you.” - Jancis Robinson
Pure Riesling! Vibrant, fresh and clean. Elegant with refined fruits.
DÖNNHOFF TONSCHIEFER RIESLING TROCKEN 2019
16 Points - RS 4 g/l, 12%, Drink 2021 – 2026
“Vibrant, appealingly fruity nose. Some breadth and charm. A food wine that’s already easy to like but should lose its slight chewiness in a few months. Rather chalky texture on the finish. Too dry to drink without food, I feel.” - Jancis Robinson
The slate influence lends this classic Riesling a delicate and balanced acidity!
DÖNNHOFF KREUZNACHER KAHLENBERG RIESLING TROCKEN 2019
16.5+ Points - RS 3 g/l, 12.5%, Drink 2020 – 2026
“Broad, hazelnut nose. Pure Riesling fruit and very sleek texture. Really quite a charmer whose acidity seems well reined-in. You could happily drink this now with or without food. Great balance and sophistication” - Jancis Robinson
A dry Riesling infused with charm, elegance and a beguilingly spicy Riesling bouquet.
DÖNNHOFF ROXHEIMER HÖLLENPFAD RIESLING TROCKEN 2019
16.5 Points - 12.5%, Drink 2021 – 2026
“Intense nose rather reminiscent of almonds with a floral note. Mouth-filling and exuberant. A little less subtle than the Kahlenberg but perhaps easier to like. Boisterous.” - Jancis Robinson
Dry Riesling with notably spicy fruit aromas balanced with a clear, crisp acidity. The vineyard’s red sandstone soil infuses the wine with a sprightly, almost peppery spice and characteristic fruitiness.
DÖNNHOFF RIESLING 2019
16 Points - 10%, Drink 2020 – 2023
“A little light and diffuse on the nose. Quite a bit of fruity sweetness. Tastes like neither one thing nor the other. A bit sweet and sour rather than an integrated whole. But it would be fun to drink with spicy dishes.” - Jancis Robinson
Exhilarating, sophisticated off-dry Riesling with subtle fruitiness and a playful acidity.
DÖNNHOFF KREUZNACHER KRÖTENPFUHL RIESLING KABINETT 2019
16.5 Points - 9%, Drink 2022 – 2030
“Lots of charming ripe fruit on the nose here. Pretty opulent for a Kabinett and with lightly grainy texture. Notably juicy.” - Jancis Robinson
Elegant off-dry Riesling, artfully balancing distinctive herbalspice notes with a vivacious clarion acidity.
DÖNNHOFF OBERHÄUSER LEISTENBERG RIESLING KABINETT 2019
17 Points - 9%, Drink 2022 – 2032
“Cool, calm and collected on the nose. Lovely subtlety and life here. The acidity nicely counterbalances the delicate fruit. Attractive dry finish, with that green-apple juiciness.” - Jancis Robinson
Classic, linear Kabinett with sophisticated slate aromas and a racy, nuanced acidity.
DÖNNHOFF NIEDERHÄUSER KLAMM RIESLING KABINETT 2019
17 Points - 9%, Drink 2021 – 2032
“Strongly mineral nose. Delicate. An interesting sensation of salty apple juice! Firm, dry finish. Great balance with really juicy fruit. Chalky finish.” - Jancis Robinson
Highly elegant Kabinett Riesling with sophisticated, high acid fruits such as citrus and peach.
DÖNNHOFF NORHEIMER KIRSCHHECK RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2019
17 Points - 8.5%, Drink 2022 – 2034
“Quite a rich nose. But really tense, energetic fruit on the palate in admirable balance. Pure, perhaps not the most long-lived but very precisely made.” - Jancis Robinson
Riesling brimming with brilliance and beauty – luscious, opulent fruit balanced by a lively acidity. Immensely deep flavors of wild cherry enhance this Spätlese’s distinctive, delicious character.
DÖNNHOFF OBERHÄUSER BRÜCKE RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2019
17.5 Points - 8%, Drink 2023 – 2037
“Restrained lime-juice nose. Lime juice on the palate too! Quite dramatic! Rich with lots of beef and bones. Great balance.” - Jancis Robinson
Traditional Spätlese with luscious, layered aromas and a gorgeous balance of lush natural sweetness and a finely spirited acidity.
DÖNNHOFF NIEDERHÄUSER HERMANNSHÖHLE RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2019
17+ Points - 8.5%, Drink 2025 – 2040
“Much more muted on the nose than the Brücke. But on the palate it’s quite opulent with pear-juice notes. Still with light astringency. Needs a bit of time but it should be pretty marvellous eventually.” - Jancis Robinson
Traditional, stately Spätlese with an incredible wealth of fruit aromas and, despite its impressive concentration, an ephemeral grace and elegance.
DÖNNHOFF OBERHÄUSER BRÜCKE GOLDKAPSEL RIESLING AUSLESE 2019
18 Points - 7.5%, Drink 2024 – 2044
“Silly to seek nose on this now but there is botrytis and golden syrup on the palate. Pretty exciting because there is a certain filigree texture and real excitement here. Clean, dry finish. Rich but tense.” - Jancis Robinson
Crystal-clear dessert Riesling of voluptuous aromatic complexity and a sophisticated, mineral acidity.
DÖNNHOFF NIEDERHÄUSER HERMANNSHÖHLE GOLDKAPSEL RIESLING AUSLESE 2019
18.5 Points - 7.5%, Drink 2030 – 2050
“Not much nose again (as for the Brücke Goldkapsel Auslese 2019). Almost painful acidity. This is a baby. But quite a triumph. The most youthful 2019 I have tasted so far. Rich yet flying and singing. Or do I mean dancing? All the ingredients are there. Just don’t touch it for ages.” - Jancis Robinson
Grand dessert wine – tropical fruits balanced to perfection against a glorious mineral acidity.
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