Dönnhoff – Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg, Felsentürmchen Riesling Spätlese, 2011


Ripe grapefruit is the fruit characteristic that immediately springs to mind as this crisp, energetic wine hits the mouth, this seems to have the perfect balance of minerality, ripe fruit and crisp acidity.

94 Points John Gilman – View from the Cellar.
“The 2011 Turmchen Spatlese (of course, no mention of the name on the label- just the picture of the watchtower) is truly stunning this year and shows just how brilliant this section of old vines can be in a top vintage. The deep and magical nose soars from the glass in a blaze of pear, white cherries, a hint of Mirabelle, petrol, slate, bee pollen and apple blossoms in the upper register. On the palate the wine deep, medium-full and very intensely flavored, with a great core, racy acids, a fair bit of mid-palate sweetness for its Pradikat and great mineral drive on the very long, zesty and dancing finish. Just a brilliant Spatlese. 2015-2040+.”

Felsenberg is a very old and famous site, splendidly located on a steep southern slope. The vines grow under extreme conditions here in pure, weathered volcanic porphyry soil. The stony, quickly warmed soil yields Riesling wines with a racy fruitiness and mineral acidity very typical for this location. These wines enjoy worldwide renown for their particular flinty note. In the heart of this fantastic vineyard stands our Felsentürmchen (small rock tower). The most mineral of the Felsenberg grapes ripen here. They are harvested selectively and their wines bear the symbol of the Felsentürmchen.

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