Dönnhoff – Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese, 2011


Ripe citrus and apple flavors dominate this rich spätlese, which features accents of ginger and spice. Glazed apricot notes fill the finish, which lingers with slate and white pepper hints.

94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Freesia and cherry blossom scent Donnhoff’s characteristically floral and endearing 2011 Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spatlese, whose palate alliance of creaminess, levity, infections juiciness, and persistently wafting perfume is downright irresistible. The fruit here lusciously favors Persian melon, pear, quince and dark plum with an enlivening squirt of fresh lime. Black tea smokiness adds intrigue, pear skin a touch of incisive counterpoint, while a subtle sense of stony underpinnings sets off yet more strikingly this gem’s purity, transparency and succulence of fruit as well as headiness of perfume. Look for at least 15 years of glory.”

93 points Wine Spectator.
“Very minerally and creamy, with plush flavors of ripe apricot, pear and spice. Enticing mint and white cherry notes linger with ginger. The lively finish features chive and candied basil accents. Drink now through 2028.”

The Kirschheck Vineyard.
The oldest recorded vineyards of the Nahe are located in this part of Norheim. Kirsche means “cherry”, so the old name of the site suggests that wild cherries grew among the vineyards. The soils of the purely south-facing site are composed largely of grey slate, mixed with sandstone.

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