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2019 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Kabinett Riesling

from Nahe, Germany


The Leistenberg vineyard lies in a small side valley of the Nahe just outside Oberhausen. The name is a double play on words. “Leisten ” means “achieve ” in German, and the Leistenberg perpetually lives up to its name. The hill faces southeast and the sun shines during the day to allow for a long ripening period.

This is a perfect vineyard for a traditional, precise Kabinett with high minerality and subtle elegance. This quality Riesling has well-defined, spicy fruit, slate aromatics and a wonderful balance between fine fruit sweetness and firm nuanced acidity.

Sustainable farming practices.

Pair with something that has a little kick to it like this Spicy Chicken Curry recipe!

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The Dönnhoff family first came to the Nahe region 250 years ago, establishing a traditional farm in the village of Oberhäusen an der Nahe, which included livestock and vegetable gardens in addition to some grape growing. Oberhäusen and this part of the Nahe river valley is very pastoral; it feels far away from the relative hustle and bustle of the Rheingau and wine tourism. This is not Napa Valley.  The countryside is serene and beautiful, marked by steep hillside vineyards in the succession of villages following the river from Norheim to Niederhausen, through Oberhäusen, ending in Schlössbockelheim.

Cornelius and Helmut Donnhoff
Cornelius and Helmut Donnhoff

The estate was started by Helmut Dönnhoff’s grandfather, Hermann, in the 1920s.  Helmut took over from his father, Hermann Jr. in 1966; at that time there were only 4 hectares under vine and still quite a bit of farmland, which was rented out. In 1971 the farmland was sold and Helmut turned his full attention to producing quality wine.  He worked the vines in Oberhäusen, expanding slowly and naturally. His successes followed hard work, commitment, and the understanding that “the vineyards speak for themselves – you just have to hear them.” Helmut, who has spent years honing his skills, finding the right sites, and developing a personal philosophy for winemaking, says, “I express myself clearly and so do my wines.”

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