This has always been our love in Dönnhoff's portfolio. In the last ten years, this wine performed up to our expectations every vintage. We certainly concur that it's their flagship vineyard and wine. Despite rising competitions from other amazing Grand Cru dry Rieslings (GGs), it's holding up as our Top 5 Best Dry German Riesling. If cellar space permits and you have the budget, just buy this wine every vintage. No need for any tasting note. :)
2020 vintage is a classic vintage that produced Hermannshohle with great purity and precision. One for the connoisseurs/collectors! We recommend cellaring it for the next 5 years before approaching. Highly rated by reviewers too: (very limited due to 100 pts rating. i.e. demand)
'The greatest wines are clear right from the very beginning, because not only is there a super abundance of perfect ripeness, but everything fits so beautifully that you’re instantly captivated. That’s exactly the way this dry riesling masterpiece is. The most ravishing, peachy fruit and the most perfect balance. Then comes the totally compelling, salty finish that just doesn’t want to stop. From organically grown grapes with Fair'n Green certification. Drink or hold.' 100 pts JamesSuckling.com
'The Niederhäuser 2020 Hermannshöhle Riesling GG opens with a pure and fascinating mix of melting or crushed slate and ripe, concentrated white fruits. Vital and fresh on the palate, this is a racy, piquant and tensioned, almost irritatingly nervous but terroir-driven Riesling with stimulating salinity and a crystalline, very pure and challenging structure. 13% alcohol. Tasted at the domain in July 2021.' 97 pts The Wine Advocate.
2019 German Riesling vintage was raved by the wine reviewers as well producers. When you taste the basic wines of 2019, we think you will agree too! The basic Dönnhoff Riesling trocken 2019 has got the purity and delicate salinity that is superior to previous vintages. In fact, we never used these words to describe the basic Dönnhoff before! So that says a lot about 2019.
Dönnhoff won the "Collection of the Year" in the Falstaff Wine Guide 2021 with their 2019s. A whole seven wines were each rated with 95 points or more. "Individuality, style, inner coherence and reliability. Cornelius Dönnhoff meets all this with his 2019 vintage in an outstanding way," concludes Ulrich Sautter, Falstaff editor-in-chief wine.
'Nowadays most Riesling is dry, not sweet. And German dry Riesling is one of the wine world’s undervalued treasures...2019s are exceptionally good..' Jancis Robinson article on Financial Times.
'The 2019 vintage is the best vintage I have ever tasted for German riesling in my four-decade career....' Stuart Pigott (For those new to him, he used to write for Germany's largest circulation newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. He now writes for James Suckling)
'The 2019 vintage has produced some of the greatest, finest and most energetic Rieslings of the last 20 years...' Stephane Reinhardt, Wine Advocate