Niederhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese, Herman Donnhoff 2009
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After a performance like this for a Spatlese, the warning was hardly necessary! Donnhoff's 2009 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese offers a riot of herbal aromas reminiscent of but far more intense and diverse than that of the corresponding Grosses Gewachs, and here, too, accompanied by grapefruit and passion fruit in a manner that calls to mind Sauvignon. Horehound, licorice, sage, mint, black tea, nut oils, candied grapefruit rind, and crushed stone inform a silken-textured palate. As with the corresponding Brucke, there is a remarkable interactivity on display, and a depth of mineral and animal savor that goes beyond crustacean shell reduction or veal demi-glace, leaving me salivating helplessly. This should be worth following for 20-25 years.
|Score: 96||David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate (193), February 2011|
Very mineral nose with real intensity and charm. Great confidence. White peach - just like biting into one... Still a little chewy. 8.5%. Drink 2013-2021.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, July 2010|
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