April 1, 2012: News, Wines of the Month, Mature Riesling

2002er Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Eiswein AP 18

A modern day legend from this top Estate in the Nahe.

(image: Weingut Dönnhoff, all rights reserved)

As of this year, we decided to also include wines from other parts of Germany in our "10 Years after" 2002 retrospective. Our readers will find tasting notes from leading producers in the Pfalz, Rheingau, Nahe and Franken in addition to those from the best producers in the Mosel.

The 2002 vintage was maybe not as famous as 2001 nor as off-the-chart as the freakish 2003. But it is one which has delivered tons of very attractive wines, as we found out after our comprehensive review of the 2002 vintage available in the current Issue No 18 (Apr 2012) of Mosel Fine Wines.

One of the higlights of the retrospective tasting was a modern day legend made by the superb Dönnhoff Estate in the Nahe: The 2002er Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Eiswein AP 18, also known as "Eiswein Dienstag".



Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Eiswein

18 03


This AP 18 was one of three Eiswein produced by Helmut Dönnhoff in 2002 and the better of the two non-auction ones (it was also referred internally at the Estate as "Dienstag", as it was harvested on a Tuesday morning). Golden in color, this is just so sublime and a model of finesse and elegance. Tons of juicy flavors burst out of the glass, ranging from fresh garden fruits to exotic fruit sorbet. A serious touch of acidity hits one on the palate and yet this comes over as completely in harmony and the right counterweight to great intense concentrated flavors of fruits. The finish is sweet and, at the same time, remarkably zesty. The overall sense of freshness and inner balance is simply breathtaking. This is textbook stuff. Now-2017

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