Thörle is a much-acclaimed family domaine based in Saulheim in the Rheinhessen, and since 2006 it has been run by brothers Christoph and Johannes. The vineyards are managed organically, and the domaine is being taken in a biodynamic direction. Soils are interesting and varied, with light clay, limestone, red sandy loam and even flint and schist. Riesling from limestone is an altogether different and more Burgundian prospect to wines from elsewhere in Germany that might be grown on slate or loam.
Hölle is in a small, protected valley at 150-220m, with 35 year old, deep-rooted vines. This is a dry Riesling (1.8 g/l residual sugar). Very intense and precise with lovely pear, melon and citrus fruit. Really linear with a strong mineral core to it. Superb stuff, in a class of its own. 94/100
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