We were able to get a bit more of this Spatlese from one of Nahe's premier producers. The Bruke site is a monopole for Donnhoff named after a bridge (Luitpoldbrücke) that crosses the Nahe river built during the Royal Barvarian Administration. Bruke is one of Donhoff's prized sites and one that flowers early and ripens very slowly, giving lots of time to develop complexity. The soils here are grey slate and loam, and the vineyard is one of the smallest registered vineyards protected by law with vines ranging from 25-45 years old. This is an excellent site for Spatlese with great acidity, minerality, and intricate fruit layers. Another superb wine from Donnhoff and one to break up some of the dry wine offers from the excellent 2019 vintage.
John Gilman 94+ points! "The 2019 Brücke Spätlese from the Dönnhoff family is a superb follow-up to their stellar 2018 version. The wine offers up an outstanding and very complex nose of apple, passion fruit, a hint of blood orange, gorgeous minerality, bee pollen, apple pie spices, orange blossoms and a nice touch of citrus zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, focused and racy, with superb mineral undertow, a lovely core of pristine fruit, lovely focus and balance and a long, zesty and utterly refined and vibrant finish. This is another gorgeous Spätlese, but it is a bit more reserved out of the blocks than the Kirschheck Spätlese and deserves some time in the cellar to reach cruising altitude."
Wine Advocate (Stephan Reinhardt) 93-94 points! "The 2019 Riesling Spätlese Oberhäuser Brücke is very clear and refined on the coolish, precise and flinty nose. Juicy, refined and crystalline on the salty palate, with a firm structure, this is a remarkable terroir-driven Spätlese with a lot of piquancy and lingering salinity. Great tension and expression here. Highly promising! Tasted as a sample in Bremen, April 2020."