2015krugerrumpfabtei2015 Weingut Kruger-Rumpf, Riesling Trocken, Abtei, Nahe Germany.
After Georg Rumpf picked me up at the Bingen ferry, the first place he showed was Kruger-Rumpf’s latest Riesling vineyard, this plot Abtei is amazingly steep with stony/quartz soils and faces south, it is nearly perfect for intense wines and small yields. Georg jokingly calls it maybe a hobby vineyard, because they might not make much profit with the cost of working this one, but it is beautiful and the wine from here that he showed me later shows real promise and was one of my favorites. This vineyard right on the edge of Bingen gives a wonderful mix of flavors, and even though this was the first year and grapes Kruger-Rumpf vinified from Abtei, it is surprisingly refined and fits nicely with the other wines of this superb vintage and with Rumpf style. The 2015 Abtei is vigorous and briskly dry with steely mineral, medium weight on the palate and all the finesse and length you’d expect from this winery, showing high quality detail and joyous pleasure in fruit and mouth feel. The expression of classic Riesling green apple, dried apricot, lime and hints of exotic tropical notes are poised and vibrant along with a lush leesy decadence as well as saline, earthy spices and flinty rock, which adds balance and complexity. The latest set of 2015 wines from Kruger-Rumpf all show wonderfully, especially the fantastic Grosses Gewachs with the Im Pittersberg GG, Scharlachberg GG, Dorsheim Burgberg GG and the Munsterer Dautenplanzer GG making an incredible impact, but along with this gorgeous Abtei Trocken, there are some hugely successful secrets in the lineup too, with the Sheurebe Spatlese, the Dorsheim Trocken, all of the Binger Scharlachberg, dry and sweet/fruity wines, and the Munsterer Kapellenberg Kabinett. It was awesome to visit the Nahe and meet up with Georg and Stefan Rumpf at their old winery in Bingen, tour their wines and I’m grateful for their time, especially as I showed up in the middle of harvest! Their Abtei is a lovely wine, and the site I think has great potential, I think the grapes on the vines now almost ready for harvest were fantastic, so 2016 looks good too, this might be a hard wine to find, but if you were to get it, enjoy it over the next 5 to 10 years.
($24 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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