Donnhoff family came to Nahe region over 200 years ago, today, Helmut Donnhoff has been making wine since 1971. Aromas of ripe stone fruits and flinty notes. On the palate pronounced aromas of apples and peaches with zippy acidity and bright mineral tones. Medium finish ending with fresh mineral character. Nice value. — 6 months ago
quite frankly it's not an insider tip to present helmut / cornelius dönnhoff's jewels, but this (in austria) quite underrated wine may be one of the best of the kabinett vintage 2013! the acidity vibrantly merges with the 40g plus residual sugar (43,9 to be very precise); presenting stone fruit, touch of exotic fruits as melon and mango, citrus cest, white blossoms and salty finish - easy going and for contemplation at the same time. you wanna DRINK it - touché!
the recommendation for asian / fruit and herb driven cuisine is obvious... — 5 years ago
Прекрасное натуральное вино с балансом ароматики и вкуса — 7 months ago
Sehr lieblich (süß) — 2 years ago
No barrique, no complicated notes. Just a perfect easy drinking wine! A wine you'll love and remembers at some perfect moments in holidays like in Italy or France...but it comes from Germany!! Just congrats! — 6 years ago
Perfekt till skaldjursbuffen. Torrt, friskt — a year ago
David at Vinous nailed the tasting notes (tasted 2016):
"A faintly fungal note accents apple jelly, glazed pineapple, candied grapefruit rind and caramel on the nose, leading to a colorfully complex but rather opaque as well as decidedly confectionery palate impression. The finish is forcefully sustained but lacks the primary juiciness and salinity that might have leavened the wine’s sheer thickness and overcome slightly rough and unruly manifestations of botrytis."
TDN is certainly more pronounced now, but the part on botrytis was bang on. The wine could do better with a little less/cleaner bot, but I guess it is a true representation of the vintage - 2014 was marred with bot issues. In the words of Helmut, "this one was picked out from the Spätlese material on a table by my top harvest brigade. We’ve had lovelier Auslesen, but when it’s constantly humid, you get negative infection and can’t expect more than this.” On the bright side, the minerality of the site still shines through and when paired with some baked pears drizzled in honey... Divine 🤤 — a year ago