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2018 Dönnhoff "Tonschiefer" Riesling Nahe Trocken

SKU #1441441 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Uncanny purity of fruit to this with sliced-peach and slate character. Sea-salt undertone. Full-bodied, creamy and tangy. Dry and energetic. Contrastive. Incredible value. Drink or hold. Screw cap. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is one of the most widely distributed wines of the Dönnhoff estate in the Nahe, and it showcases their pristine, clear-cut but expressive style of Riesling. Fermented in large oak but matured in stainless steel, it once again is a celebration of vibrant citrus, lemon, lime and grapefruit but with an added bounce of juicy tropical fruit at the centre. It displays the signature Dönnhoff tautness. (AK) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2018 Tonschiefer was also bottled a few days prior to my arrival at the estate, but again, was not yet closed down from the mise and was showing very well indeed. The alcohol here is somewhere between twelve and twelve and a half percent this year and the wine offers up a very refined and precise bouquet of tart orange, slate, grapefruit, a nice touch of the vintage’s salinity, citrus zest and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and quite racy in personality, with a lovely core, excellent backend mineral drive and superb lift and grip on the very long finish. This may well be the finest vintage of Tonschiefer I have ever tasted! Inner quote mark (3/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Almost rudely ripe on the nose. Then brought to heel on the palate. Massive acidity in a crystalline wine. Needs time but the ingredients are there. 16++/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Riesling Trocken Tonschiefer is ripe, clear and generous on the bright and juicy nose. Lush and piquant on the palate, this is a round yet crystalline, persistently salty Riesling with stunning power. Tasted in July 2019. (SR) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

Vinous

Outer quote mark As is typical for this bottling from the Oberhäuser Leistenberg, stoniness and pithy, piquant concentration tend toward austerity. But there is an offsetting abundance of fresh, juicy lime. At 12.5% alcohol, there is less levity than evinced by the corresponding no-name Gutsriesling, but ample refreshment and an impressive stone-licking persistence. (DS) Inner quote mark (6/2020)


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