Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett (750ml)
The Dönnhoff family first came to the Nahe region over 250 years ago, and after establishing a modest farm slowly evolved into a full-fledged wine estate. Helmut Dönnhoff has been making the wine since 1971, and now the fourth generation; his son Cornelius works alongside in the winery and in their 25 hectares of Erste Lage, or grand cru vineyards. Their holdings represent some of the best in the Nahe and all of Germany.
They recognize that extraordinary wines are based on extraordinary vineyards and in 1953 the estate received a Merit of Honor from the government for its outstanding viticultural achievements.
This wine is light, lean, bright and with a touch of minerality. Delicate aromas of elderflower and white nectarines. The lively acidity balances perfectly with the medium sweetness resulting in a complex wine with a fresh finish with great length.
Although the Nahe is a dry region, Dönnhoff does not water their vineyards as to encourage deep rooted vines. The soil is covered with organic material like straw and compost to preserve water and to avoid evaporation and erosion in heavy rains. The vines are all grown on wire frames, low to the ground to benefit from the warmth of the stoney topsoil, and at a density of approx. 6000 vines per hectare. Grapes are always picked by hand at Dönnhoff over 2-3 passes through each vineyard.
The Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl vineyard has excellent drainage due a crunchy topsoil of pebbles over loam soil; characteristic of wines with a mineral-driven elegance. The Krötenpfhul has always been farmed organically.