Dönnhoff - Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese 2016

Updated: Dec 2, 2019


Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese 2016

Nahe, Germany

I tend not to trust people who wear white terry socks with the sandals, but my genuine love for the wines makes me overcome my prejudices (and stereotypes). So I bought this Riesling from Nahe, a small piece of land between the Mosel and Rheinhessen, divided by the Nahe River. The vines love having water closed by, in particular at this latitudes. On the bottle label we read the word Prädikatswein. It means that we need to expect some residual sugar in this nectar. The low level of alcohol (8%) may be another hint of the sweetness of the wine. The word Spätlese indicates a category of Prädikatswein. Such wines are generally riper and more concentrated than the Kabinett ones (lower category), but less than the Auslese wines. Please note that Kabinett, Spätlese and Auslese wines can range from dry to medium sweet.


In the glass the wine has a lemon colour. The intensity is pale. It is extremely clear.


The aromas intensity is medium plus. You can easily identify the acacia, honeysuckle and chamomile. In the glass there are succulent white stones fruits as the nectarine and the peach. Everything is made elegant by an underlying sharp fragrance of lemon peel and lychee. On the tertiaries aroma, we have what we love of Riesling: its aroma of petrol. Who has never sniffed the tank of his own motorcycle?! I cannot stop swirling the glass. There is also a hint of honey.


In the mouth, the wine is off dry to medium sweet with a high level of acidity. The alcohol is low (8%). Both flavour intensity and finish are medium plus.


After having enjoyed this wine, I start looking and judging people with white socks differently. This wine is pure pleasure. I drank it also at lunch having a dish of langoustines linguine. In my opinion, it doesn’t work. It is much better to enjoy it by its own as aperitivo or with some small bites.

Final vote: 91

Price: £27.99 on waitrose.com

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