100% from old vines (planted in 1950s and 1960s, one of the oldest Scheurebe vineyards in the Nahe) in Dautenpflänzer, (a Grand Cru or Grosse Lage). Fermented in with natural yeast in 80% stainless steel, 20% neutral oak barrel.
"This smells intensely of sage and sage flowers, along with passion fruit, grapefruit and elder flower. (“I am Scheurebe, hear me roar!”)
Given such a resounding opening gambit, the wine proves (relatively!) discreet on the polished palate, turning in a coolingly minty and melony direction while preserving such luscious fruit as well as herbal pungency as the aromas promised.
The terrifically-sustained finish is infectiously juicy, exhibiting overt but perfectly-integrated and supportive sweetness. Sage, grapefruit zest and smoky black tea accents serve for an invigorating counterpoint. On occasion, the Rumpfs have demonstrated that these vines in the Dautenpflänzer can yield Scheurebe capable of playing in the Pfeffingen or Müller-Catoir league – and this is one of those delicious occasions. 92 Points David Schildknecht Vinous