GKF-243

[Binger Brucke Im Ruppertsberg] Abtei Erstes Gewachs, Kruger-Rumpf

2015 was the first vintage for this wine; the vineyards were acquired in 2014. Similar to Im Pitterberg, this site is south facing, but soils are different; the slate here is phyllite, which is a mica based slate. Abtei means “abbey”, and this belonged to the Abbey of Bingen, home of Hildegard vom Bingen. This is the most northern vineyard in the Nahe, with the same exposition as the famous Rheingau vineyard Rüdesheimer Berg, just a kilometer north, across the Rhein River. The oldest part of this vineyard was planted in the late 1920s, but the majority of the vineyard was replanted in the 1960s. Farmed without herbicides or pesticides, grapes were harvested at 45 hectoliter per hectare, vine density here is high at 7500 vines per hectare. Harvested in the middle of October, grapes are crushed, pressed and go directly into 100% in old neutral stuckfass. Fermentation is natural and no additions of nutrients or additional yeasts are added; the fermentation lasts until March without malolactic fermentation, temperature control or fining.  The finished wine is racked one week before bottling in May

Total Acidity – 8.2 grams per Liter

Residual Sugar – 4.5 grams per Liter

Alcohol by Volume – 13%

Producer:
Vintage:
2016
Country:
Germany
Region:
Nahe
Variety:
Riesling
Color:
White
Case Pack:
6
Bottle Size:
750
Import Partner:
Terry Theise
UPC:
4024831735173

Tasting Notes

This is a new vineyard for Georg; it’s the site closest to the Rhine, with a phyllite soil (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllite) similar to that of the supernal Rheingau vineyard Rauenthaler Baiken. It’s a sponti from old vines on steep slopes, and to me it tasted a little like (Kamptal’s) Gaisberg. A bit clipped in its infant-stage, the palate vibrates between slate and exotics, and the wine is potent and promising. – Terry Theise

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Press & Reviews

Parker

Score:
92
Date:
2018-03-01