Kruger-Rumpf Im Pitterberg Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel
Vineyard: Im Pitterberg Grosse Lage (Grand Cru)
Soil: phyllit (slate)
Production: The grapes for this wine were gently pressed for over ten hours and then spontaneously fermented in stainless steel.
Pitterberg lies in a small convex slope in the upper Nahe Valley in the middle of the Pitterberg vineyard. The south facing site is ensured sufficient sunshine that warms the grey Devon slate and its weathered debris. The soil is highly mineral; very fine loam covers the slate. The soil is well-drained and holds little moisture, which can lead to dryness in summer. Nighty fall winds are diverted by hill. Im Pitterberg is located in the heart of the Pittersberg and is probably the best location for Kruger-Rumpf. The densely planted vineyard (approx. 7,500 vines per hectare) was planted in the 1960s.
Similar to the Kabinett from im Pitterberg, the Spätlese also comes from the higher part of this steep, south facing slate vineyard, in the original section. Picked without Botrytis in the end of October at moderate Spätlese level; only 94 degrees of oechsle. The yield was much lower than the Kabinett, with only 40 hectoliters per hectare selected. Grapes are crushed and pressed directly into stainless steel where the must ferments with only native yeast. Fermentation goes until March, when the wine is cooled and racked prior to bottling in May.
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