Overview of the Wine
The grandchild of the estate‘s founder, Helmut Dönnhoff, paved the way for international success by establishing an enduring quality and style in his wines. His vintages would in fact become a byword for renowned German Rieslings the world over. Following his training at his parents‘ estate and university studies in winegrowing, he assumed responsibility for both vineyard and cellar starting in 1971. “Extraordinary wines are based on extraordinary vineyards. I‘m fortunate to have had the opportunity to acquire several world-class sites and in some cases to resume cultivation. It remains very much a privilege for me to produce wine from vineyards of such exceptional quality. It‘s more than I ever could have dreamed when I first started working.” This deep understanding of grand wines and grand vineyards was passed on from father to son to grandson.
The fourth generation now holds the reins: Cornelius Dönnhoff. He began his training in 1999 and, after a series of positions abroad, in 2007 returned to assume responsibility for the estate – initially for the vineyard and cellar, and now for all aspects of the operation. History continues, but the estate remains what it has always been: a family affair in every sense.
Grape / Blend
The Dellchen's neighbouring vineyard. A very steep south-facing slope with weathered grey slate soil. Racy acidity harmonise with a very ripe fruit sweetness in this brilliant, marvellous Riesling. A characterful Spätlese displaying great depth of flavor.
92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Sporting a gravel syrup-laden nose, the 2002 Riesling Spatlese Norheimer Kirschheck is broad, ample, plush, and a hedonist’s delight. Hugely rich, fat, and pure, it bastes the palate with slate-immersed black cherries. All Hail the King of Spatlese! Donnhoff’s line-up of Spatlesen is second to none. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2023.
90 Points - Wine Spectator
Fine balance and harmony here, exhibiting its peach, berry and mineral flavors with a firm structure matched to a smooth texture.
Product size: 750ml
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