Monday, February 22, 2016
Wine Dinner with Tour at Weingut Kruger-Rumpf in Münster-Sarmsheim, Nahe, with Georg Rumpf – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), Germany
We spent the final evening of the tour (we still had 2 lovely tastings the next day, at Schloss Johannisberg with Managing Director Christian Witte and at Sektkellerei Bardong) at Weingut Kruger-Rumpf and had dinner in the lovely wine tavern of Weingut Kruger-Rumpf with Georg Rumpf, the winemaker of Weingut Kruger-Rumpf.
Weingut Kruger-Rumpf is represented in the US by Michael Skurnik/ Terry Theise and widely available in the country.
“In our family, viniculture has been tradition since 1708 - a tradition that we have been cultivating in our vineyards as well as in our manor house which was built back in 1830” said Georg Rumpf. Stefan Rumpf, Georg’s father, brought Weingut Kruger-Rumpf up to where it is today: After completing his studies in agricultural sciences, including stints in Californian wineries, and conducting research at the Geisenheim research institute, Stefan Rumpf took over the estate from his parents in 1984. Up until then, the wines were sold almost entirely in bulk. Stefan Rumpf changed this and started to bottle his wines and to market the bottles himself. Less than 10 years later, in 1992, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf was invited to join the VDP, the about 200 German elite winemakers, a clear sign of what Stefan Rumpf had achieved over the course of just 8 years.
Today, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf has 3 (of 5) grapes in the Gault Millau WeinGuide Deutschland. The vineyard area totals 22 hectares and the annual production is 14.000 cases. The top sites are: Münsterer Dautenpflänzer (slate with sandy loam); Münsterer Pittersberg (slate); Münsterer Rheinberg (weathered quartzite and sandy loam); Binger Scharlachberg Rheinhessen (Rotliegend and porphyry).
Grape varieties: 65% Riesling, 10% each of Silvaner and Weissburgunder, 5% each of Chardonnay, Grauburgunder and Spätburgunder. In fact, Kruger-Rumpf was the first estate in the Nahe region to plant Chardonnay.
Georg Rumpf has taken over the winemaking aspect of Weingut Kruger-Rumpf, while his father is now more focusing on sales and general management.
Weingut Krueger-Rumpf sells 70% of its production in Germany and exports the remaining 30%. Accordingly, “80% of the wines we produce are dry wines” said Georg “and 20% are fruity-sweet and noble-sweet wines.” In the US, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf is imported by Terry Theise.
One of the (many) assets of Weingut Kruger-Rumpf is the lovely country restaurant, which is part of the winery. It opened its doors in 1994. They call it a wine tavern, but for me it is a country restaurant. Whatever you call it, it is a lovely place, where you can have a great time with traditional, upscale cuisine and Kruger-Rumpf wines in the cozy atmosphere of a family-run country restaurant.
The rooms are decorated with appropriate accessories depending on the season. Painted stucco ceilings, historic tiled stoves, wooden floors, warm wall paint as well as furniture in country-house style provide for a comfortable living room atmosphere. The bright rooms are located on the ground floor of the manor house.
In addition, there is an idyllic garden. Especially during the summer, the garden restaurant of the winery provides you with the opportunity to enjoy the evening in a cozy al fresco atmosphere with a hearty meal and a good glass of wine. In fact, we did the tasting with Georg in the garden restaurant.
I love to wine and dine in the Kruger-Rumpf wine tavern. Towards the end of the year, after the harvest, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf always organizes two winemaker dinners. These are exceptional events, because of the wines, the food and the ambiance. When we are in Germany during that period, we always try to participate.
2012 Weingut Kruger-Rumpf Sekt Riesling brut
2014 Weingut Kruger-Rumpf Weisser Burgunder S trocken
Georg Rumpf said that the Bourgogne varieties now account for 1/3 of the Kruger-Rumpf output. The Silberkapsel was fermented and aged in a large “Holzfass”. It is round, smooth and creamy.
2014 Weingut Kruger-Rumpf Münsterer Rheinberg Riesling feinherb
2014 Weingut Kruger-Rumpf Pittersberg Riesling GG
2014 Weingut Kruger-Rumpf Scharlachberg Riesling GG
Two great examples of what Germany can deliver in terms of ultra-premium dry white wines. The Scharlachberg is a tick more concentrated and richer than the Pittersberg.
2013 Weingut Kruger-Rumpf Münsterer Dautenpflänzer Spätlese
Münsterer Dautenpflänzer is composed of slate and sandy loam and is one of Kruger-Rumpf’s top sites. 75 gr. Remaining sugar.
2014 Weingut Kruger-Rumpf Scheurebe Spätlese
2011 Weingut Kruger-Rumpf Scheurebe Auslese
Terry Theise: I happen to have learned these grapes are a mixture of Würzburg and Alzey clones. There’s a piece of otiose information with which you can bamboozle your wine friends. As often this wine’s a lot like Riesling with chef’s-special-sauce, some mix of papayas, vetiver and sage; slinky and slithery but not as id-suffused as the kinky `11. Don’t know Scheurebe? It’s why you can ignore all but the very best Sauvignon Blancs, because this grape does much the same dance, but far better.
2002 Weingut Kruger-Rumpf Pittersberg Riesling Eiswein
2007 Weingut Kruger-Rumpf Pittersberg Riesling Beerenauslese
Two world class noble-sweet wines to finish off.
Thank you very much Cornelia, Stefan and Georg for a great evening.
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