This is now arguably the second great estate of the Nahe (after Dönnhoff). Though still small (at 17 ha), it has been improved and much enlarged by Werner Schönleber. Through careful selection and attentive winemaking he produces tight, sleek, intense Rieslings with lovely balance and great length of flavour from the previously unsung village of Monzingen. Riesling Kabinett from Frühlingsplätzchen shows a lovely elegant, gently spicy, minerally intensity and makes great everyday drinking. The estate also includes 4ha of the steep Halenberg vineyard, a source of wines with minerally, refined flavours. A regular Spätlese from this site is medium-dry but both Halbtrocken and Trocken versions are also produced, while energised Auslese also come in a super 3 Sterne Goldkapsel version. Halenberg Eiswein is beautifully delineated and is one of those where citrus flavours, especially grapefruit and lime, often prevail over riper peach or apricot. A little Eiswein is also produced from the Frühlingsplätzchen vineyard. A ripe Grauburgunder emphasises fruit.
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