Weingut Thörle: Impressive new wave German wines from this Rheinhessen estate

Website: www.thorle-wein.de

Thörle is a family domaine based in Saulheim in the Rheinhessen, and since 2006 it has been run by Christoph and his brother 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. I met with Christoph recently to taste through the range.

Christophe Thörle

All are short ferments, and Christoph does skin contact for the single-vineyard wines. 90% of the production is fermented in stainless steel and 10% in barrel, and natural ferments are practised.


Thörle Riesling Dry 2021 Rheinhessen, Germany
12.5% alcohol. This is a blend of parcels planted on slopes in Saulheim on loess and limestone soils. 16 hours skin maceration before pressing, and then fermentation and ageing in stainless steel, bottles with 4.8 g/l residual sugar. Taut, linear and fine with a mineral line and good acidity, as well as pure citrus (lime and lemon). Nice precision here. 92/100

Thörle Riesling Probstey Dry 2021 Rheinhessen, Germany
Berries crushed and juice given 12 h skin contact, then wild ferment in oak barrels. Aged on lees until summer 2022. Yellow sand and limestone soils. Mineral and tapering with very pure limey fruit. Mineral, structured and pure. 93/100

Thörle Riesling Holle Dry 2021 Rheinhessen, Germany
150-220 m above sea level. Late harvested fruit given 12 h skin contact, 50% fermented in barrel, 50% in stainless steel, with wild yeast. Then long ageing on lees. 45% limestone here, and the vines suffer a bit from chlorosis. Small yields. Very taut and mineral, with some chalky notes. Fine, pure and quite structured with a salty tang and an eternal, slightly spicy finish. This is very serious. 96/100

Thörle Sylvaner Probstey 2021 Rheinhessen, Germany
Complex and fine with lovely pear, peach and melon fruit, and a hint of cherry. There is generosity here with good concentration, as well as a mineral edge. Such finesse here. 94/100

Thörle Spätburgunder 2020 Rheinhessen, Germany
Blend of parcels from the slopes of Saulheim, on limestone and loess soils. Aged in used oak for 10 months. Lovely vivid direct fruit here with sweet black cherries, showing nice purity and density. Some plum, too. So expressive with purity and a bit of grip. 93/100

Thörle Probstey Spätburgunder 2020 Rheinhessen, Germany
Wild ferment then aged in French oak, half new. Floral with red cherry fruit on the nose: aromatic, sweet and floral. Textured with nice oak, as well as elegant sweet strawberry and cherry fruit, as well as some grip. This shows concentration, freshness and elegance. 94/100

Thörle Hölle Spätburgunder 2020 Rheinhessen, Germany
Wild yeast then aged in French oak, 40% new. This has lovely structure with a good acid line, as well as compact cherry and plum fruit with lovely grip. Serious and structured with lovely flesh and fruit, and has fine grippy structure. Remarkable stuff, combining elegance and structure. 96/100

Older notes from two tastings, one in January 2015, the other in October 2013.

Thörle Riesling Gutswein 2013 Rheinhessen, Germany
12.5% alcohol, 3.9 g/l sugar. This is from heavy limestone soils, and it shows lovely rich citrus and grape notes, with some honey. Nice pure citrus, herbs and minerals. 91/100 (01/15)

Thörle Schlossberg Riesling 2013 Rheinhessen, Germany
A vineyard at 180-240 m, with heavy clay, limestone and flint. 12.5% alcohol, 2.6 g/l residual sugar. Very fine, fresh and mineral, and not all about the fruit. It tastes lean, stony and lemony with lovely precision and nice acidity. There’s freshness here but also grape and herb notes. 93/100 (01/15)

Thörle Hölle Riesling 2013 Rheinhessen, Germany
Hölle is in a small, protected valley at 150-220m, with 35 year old, deep-rooted vines. 13% alcohol, 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. 94/100 (01/15)

Thörle Spätbrugunder 2013 Rheinhessen, Germany
13% alcohol. Fresh, vivid, red cherries, raspberries and berry fruits. Faint hints of meat and tar with a bright grippy presence. Lovely vivid fruit and nice purity, with glace cherries and a hint of damson. 92/100 (07/15)

Thörle Hölle Spätburgunder 2012 Rheinhessen, Germany
Pinot Noir from limestone, 13.5% alcohol, one-third new oak. Real finesse on the nose. Fresh and fine red cherries with some minerals and a hint of spice. Very refined and stylish. 92/100 (01/15)

Thörle Silvaner 2012 Rheinhessen, Germany
Nicely aromatic with apple and pear fruit. Textured and soft with smoothness and lovely balance. 88/100 (10/13)

Thörle Weissburgunder 2012 Rheinhessen, Germany
Fruity and lively with nice weight of rounded apple and pear fruit. Dry but textured, this is uncomplicated but very nice. 87/100 (10/13)

Thörle Grauerburgunder 2012 Rheinhessen, Germany
Lively and textured with nice fruit. Rounded with some sweet grapiness. Pure and lovely. 89/100 (10/13)

Thörle Kalkstein Chardonnay 2012 Rheinhessen, Germany
This is described as village quality level, and it has a higher percentage of limestone and older vines, fermented in oak (50% new). Toasty nutty nose shows lovely aromatics. The palate is rich, toasty and shows lovely citrus fruit with some figgy notes and a bit of spicy oak. Very fine. 91/100 (10/13)

Thörle Riesling Feinherb 2012 Rheinhessen, Germany
Citrus and melon fruit bolstered by good acidity, with a bit of minerality and a hint of sweetness. Nice purity and texture. 89/100 (10/13)

Thörle Riesling 2012 Rheinhessen, Germany
Lively limey nose with a hint of spice. The palate is fresh, pure, limey and quite textural. Dry but precise with sweet fruit. 90/100 (10/13)

Thörle Kalkstein Riesling 2012 Rheinhessen, Germany
30-60 year old vines, fermented in old barrels. Fine aromatic lemony nose with some herbs and nice finesse. Textured, fine palate with lemons and a hint of apricot, as well as some mineral notes. Pure and fine. 92/100 (10/13)

Thörle Hölle Riesling 2011 Rheinhessen, Germany
This is a single vineyard wine from a southern slope at 150-200 metres. Fine, pure lemony fruit on the nose. Really fresh and pure with a mineral palate. Intense and lemony with great precision. 95/100 (10/13)

Thörle Schlossberg Riesling 2011 Rheinhessen, Germany
Single vineyard from loam, clay and limestone soils. Real finesse on the nose with lime, melon and a bit of honey. The palate is smooth textured. Quite profound with lovely rounded fruit, and honey and spice backing up the lemony fruit. Dry but rich. 94/100 (10/13)

Thörle Spätburgunder 2011 Rheinhessen, Germany
Fresh, vivid, cherryish nose is sweet and pure with a bit of spice. The palate is pure and elegant with bright supple cherry fruit. 91/100 (10/13)

Thörle Hölle Spätburgunder 2011 Rheinhessen, Germany
Pale coloured. So elegant, mineral and fine with pure cherry fruit and lovely precision. Nicely focused with fine red cherries and minerals. 94/100 (10/13)

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