In 2016, Donnhoff's Kabinetts dazzle.
They both have such polish, class and lift. The 2016s offer up tons of elegance and a cool detailed minerality.
For fans of Dönnhoff or for people who love the magical way that Kabinetts pull off intensity and weightlessness, these are not to be missed. They're glossy, nimbly elegant and have crackling acidity. Both exemplify the best qualities of the 2016 German vintage.
Oberhauser Leistenberg is a site with sandy slate soils. Dönnhoff likes to make Kabinetts here because the vineyard produces fairly low must weights and the resulting wines are racy and elegant with a driving acid backbone.
Compared to the Leistenberg, Krötenpfuhl is richer and deeper showing more yellow fruits. Krötenpfuhl is a fairly new vineyard for Dönnhoff (the first wine was released in 2006.) It's a site rich in gravel and quartzite. Krötenpfuhl's ability to deliver grapes of modest ripeness attracted Dönnhoff' to the site as a prime location for Kabinett.
When Dönnhoff is "on" the wine deliver an irresistible airy finesse. These two Kabinetts dramatize just how compelling these qualities can be, and the extent to which Dönnhoff nailed the 2016 vintage.
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