Nahe

Decanter - - RIESLING -

One of the dri­est Ger­man re­gions, pro­tected by the Rhein­gau and Hun­srück ranges, Nahe is an area of great ge­o­log­i­cal di­ver­sity. Its Ries­lings vary from spicy, full-bod­ied and long-lived, to el­e­gantly fruity, to Martin Tesch’s racy, dry wines, with a range of flavours from ap­ple to peach and more ex­ot­i­cally zesty notes. Beau­ti­fully crafted Ries­lings from Dönnhoff are among the Nahe’s, and in­deed the world’s, great­est. ‘Ries­ling has to be like rock wa­ter or a moun­tain stream,’ says Her­mann Dönnhoff. ‘It can be shy to start with but should have length and acid­ity that makes it dance across the palate.’ Dönnhoff apart, Nahe greats in­clude Em­rich-Schön­le­ber, Hans Cru­sius, Schäfer-Fröh­lich and Schlossgut Diel.

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