Roxheimer Höllenpfad Riesling 2014
Höllenpfad can be found in the middle section of the Nahe River. The name means ‘Path to Hell’ due to its vertiginous location, dangerously precipitous slopes, annoyingly small grapes and hot, red sandstone soils. Well, if the road to Hell is paved with wines like this you’d better fetch your driving gloves and put your foot down.
As refreshing, mouth-cleansing and pure-of-flavour as sorbet; there’s vivid greengage, lemon, lime, Granny Smith apple, blossom and chalk. From what was a challenging vintage, this is a masterclass in elegance and intensity, probably in no small part because some of the vines are 45 years old. It never fails to amaze us just how food-friendly German Riesling is; able to take on anything from roasted duck with caramelised apples to simple sausage and mash, and from crunchy salads to spicy Pan-Asian dishes. Although many claim that Burgundy produces the pinnacle of white wine, every time we taste a German Riesling like this we question that sweeping generalisation a little bit more.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has described Dönnhoff as being “to Nahe, what Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is to the Cote d’Or.” High praise considering that DRC is the world’s most expensive wine. But the Dönnhoff family have worked hard for this kind of praise, putting in 250 years of hard graft on steep, dry slopes.
£4.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2755229
Style No.: 690361
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