Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese, Donnhoff
For over 100 years, the Hermannshöhle has been rated the best site in the Nahe and is therefore the bench mark by which all other vineyards in the region are judged. This site takes its name from a small mine (Höhle which actually means “cave”) in the middle of the hillside. Hermann comes Herms, the Greek guardian of messengers and travelers, which might indicate that at one point this was an area of ancient worship. The soils are mostly black slate mixed with extrusive igneous rock, porphyry and limestone.
Magnificent wines, dry Grosse Gewächse and noble sweet Prädikat wines are produced here. This is a classic, perfectly balanced wine from the top site in the entire region. It’s a Spätlese you can DRINK. ++ “A loving beaming grinning-like-a-dope vintage of this perennial masterpiece, transparent and lucid; indeed it’s a dialectical explication of Hermannshöhle; it reminded me of the ’08 but the 2008 is more Eiswein-y, that sorcerous syrup.”- Terry Theise
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