Kruger Rumpf

www.kruger-rumpf.de

A VDP member, Stefan Rumpf has some vineyards in the Rheinhessen as well: a single hectare at Bingen. But most of the vineyards are in a steep, narrow side valley of the Nahe, where the family have cultivated vines since 1708. They specialise in Riesling and grow some Chardonnay, Scheurebe, Gewürztraminer and Pinot varieties as well. We’re listing their Riesling Münsterer Trocken, a substantial, mineral, taut mouthful; Riesling Münsterer Pittersberg Grosses Gewächs, a sparky, fiery, concentrated wine from Devon slate; and Riesling Binger Scharlachberg Grosses Gewächs. This is their Rheinhessen wine, very long and complex, salty and multi-layered. The sweeter wines we’re listing are Münsterer Dautenpflänzer Riesling Spätlese, just 7.5% alcohol and showing the flawless balance of this elegant, racy style.  They struggled to make an Auslese in the impossibly difficult 2014 vintage but the Dautenpflänzer Auslese is unctuous, vibrant, and very, very long.