2017 Donnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spatlese

Year: 2017
Appellation: Nahe
Country: Germany
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 93
Gilman: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 8.5%
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"Lily and apple blossom perfume on the nose liquefies on a silken, glossy, buoyant palate lusciously brimming with juicy fresh apple and chiffon-like strawberry. The finish, unabashedly sweet, yet delicate, is hauntingly sustained and incorporates a saliva-liberating pinch of sea-salt. “I don’t really want to make every sort of wine in every vineyard,” insists Dönnhoff, who is convinced that the talent of Kirschheck is and will remain in the realm of residual sweetness. “Besides,” he adds with a wink, “with the two new Grosse Gewächse we now have a full six-pack." (VM)

"A juicy and elegant wine that turns really dry, thanks to the serious minerality that powers the long, delicate finish. From organically grown grapes. Fair'n Green certification. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The 2017 Kirschheck Spätlese is a lovely example of the vintage, offering up a very pretty bouquet of white cherries, apple, wild yeasts, a touch of sea salts, bee pollen, apple blossoms and a superb base of minerality. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and dancing, with a juicy core, great cut and grip and a long, vibrant and perfectly balanced finish. This is going to be delicious to drink in its youth, but will have no trouble keeping several decades. 2018-2045. (May/Jun 2018)" (John Gilman , View From the Cellar)

Winery Notes:
Norheim Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese – Riesling brimming with brilliance and beauty – luscious, opulent fruit balanced by a lively acidity. Immensely deep fl avors of wild cherry enhance this Spätlese’s distinctive, delicious character.

The oldest recorded vineyards of the Nahe are located in this part of the village of Norheim. Kirsche means “cherry”, so the age-old name of the site likely refers to the wild cherries that grow even today amidst the vines. The site faces due south and its soils are composed largely of grey slate mixed with sandstone.

“It’s one of the high-achieving vintages of Kirschheck, though one watches the acidity a bit warily, a caution that won’t register with drinkers who relish vivid acidities, who will think I have entered my dotage and gone all soft. Whatevs, when I tasted it the first tartrates hadn’t fallen out, so the wine may well soften. One is unduly fond of Kirschheck, after all, because it doesn’t care about being “serious” and so it is both rapturously pretty and also serious.” Terry Theise