Donnhoff Riesling Tonschiefer 2019

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Tasting Notes

93 points James Suckling

“Wonderful, peachy fruit and minty freshness draw you into this sleek and very racy wine that has a ton of minerality, yet remains medium-bodied. The very solid, crisp finish suggests very good aging potential. From organically grown grapes with Fair'n Green certification. Drink or hold. Screw cap. “ (9/2020)



The Dönnhoff Family is proud to call Oberhausen an der Nahe home. Running from Niederhausen to Schloßböckelheim, the majestic landscapes of the Nahe Valley have held sway for more than 250 years. The first official mention of the Dönnhoff name dates back to 1761; the family‘s own history book details the early flowering of 1781 and the bumper grape harvest of 1784. Helmut Dönnhoff’s grandfather laid the cornerstone for the estate‘s success.


This is the dry version of the Oberhäuser Leistenberg (the name of a single vineyard site). The hill just to the left of the vineyard is called the Lemberg, and with the Leistenberg on the other side, these hillsides form a valley. Cold air from the Hunsrück blows through the area, passing by the Leistenberg making it impossible for botrytis to develop. Further, the exposition is southeast rather than due south like the Hermannshöhle. This means longer ripening and lower potential alc, perfect for Kabinett style wines. Tonschiefer means “clay slate”, so named for the soil that dominates the vineyard. This is the original vineyard for the family and holds a very special place.


Vines are approximately 25-40 years old. Fermentations occur in a combination of stainless and used large oak.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Brunch Foods, Dessert (fruit), Fish (white), Green Salads, Ham, Just for Cocktailing, Perfect Aperitif Wine, Shellfish

Germany , Nahe
Grape Varietal:
100% Riesling
$30.00 each