2015 Kruger Rumpf Munsterer Rheinberg Kabinett Riesling
"Kruger Rumpf's winery dates back to 1790 and is located on the western side of the Nahe river. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and are mostly sandy loam soils with reddish slate on the upper reaches with quartzine strands throughout." Winery
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About the Producer
The roots of the Kruger-Rumpf estate date back to the 1790’s. Like most vine-growers at the time, the family sold the majority of their grape production to larger houses or cooperatives. This practice continued through the ninetieth and early twentieth centuries until Stefan Rumpf kept the majority of their harvest to produce their own estate wines in the 1980’s. This move allowed Kruger-Rumpf to focus on quality and express the distinctive terroirs in the family’s holding. Stefan’s sons Georg and Philipp, are continuing the trajectory Stefan began with renewed energy and technical skill. The brothers Rumpf graduated from Germany’s prestigious Geisenheim; Georg studied viticulture and Philipp focused on oenology. In their hands, this estate’s future is bright and quality continues to improve from vintage to vintage.
"The Kruger-Rumpf estate is located in Münster-Sarmsheim, a small village on the western side of the Nahe River. In this area the river flows north towards its destination in the Rhein River about 2 kilometers downstream. This is a geographically unique area as it represents the intersection of three major German wine regions. The majority of Kruger-Rumpf’s holdings are located on the western side of the Nahe, though they also own parcels directly across the Nahe in Binger Scharlachberg, which is part of the Rheinhessen. Standing in Kruger-Rumpf’s parcels in Rheinberg (Nahe), one can look out to Scharlachberg across the Nahe River in Rheinhessen, while the southern bend of the Rheingau and the Rudesheimer Berg, one of the most famous parts of the region, is visible to the north."
"Kruger-Rumpf’s vineyards are farmed sustainably with some sites undergoing full organic conversion. Bees are kept nearby to facilitate pollination and aid in overall bio-diversity. Periodically goats are allowed to roam the vines helping to control underbrush. All vineyards are hand harvested to ensure that only optimally ripe grapes are selected, as Georg does not prefer the effects of botrytis in his dry cuvees. Stefan believed that “you can’t improve wine in the cellar, only make it worse,” and Georg has continued his cellar work with this philosophy in mind. A short fermentation is preferred, as the Rumpfs believe a long fermentation will remove fruit and freshness of character in the wines. Fermentation occur spontaneously with ambient yeast for the fruity wines. Ambient yeasts are preferred though sometimes a neutral strain of cultured yeast is required to complete its fermentation. Often the wines stay on their gross lees well into spring. The wines produced show the best of Kruger-Rumpf’s renowned vineyard sites, with brilliance, concentration and extract." - Importer