Kruger Rumpf Winery

The Kruger-Rumpf winery was founded in 1790 and nearly 200 years later Stefan Rumpf took over the estate in 1984. Stefan Rumpf began producing his own, estate wines rather than selling the juice off in bulk, as had been customary. Now, son Georg has joined Stefan, after graduating from Geisenheim's esteemed winemaking school.
Münster lies in a narrow valley between the Nahe and the Rheinhessen where the Nahe river meets the Rhein. Two Grosses Gewächs sites are the jewels of the estate: the slate vineyard Münsterer Pittersberg and the Münsterer Dautenpflänzer, a tiny parcel within Kapellenberg containing quartzite and loess-clay soils. The 2 hectare Dautenpflänzer is rarely affected by frost and the top layer of soil is rather nutrient rich, both factors important in cultivating young vines. Other important vineyard sites include the Münsterer Rheinberg, made mostly of quartzite with sandy loam, and Binger Scharlachberg, composed of porphyr and red sandstone soils – a site that actually lies across the mighty Nahe in Rheinhessen. Vineyards are farmed sustainably at Kruger-Rumpf, and care is taken during the hand harvesting to ensure that only optimally ripe grapes are picked, as Georg does not favor any botrytis.

Stefan believes "You can't improve wine in the cellar, only make it worse." A short fermentation is preferred, as the Rumpfs believe a long fermentation will remove fruit and freshness of character in the wines. Fermentations occur spontaneously with natural yeast for the fruity wines, and though ambient yeast strains inhabitat the 10+ year old stuck used for the Grosses Gewächs, sometimes a neutral strain of cultured yeast is required to complete its fermentation. Often the wines stay on their gross lees well into spring. The wines produced show the best of his renowned vineyard sites, with haunting brilliance, concentration and extract.

Vineyard area: 22 hectares
Annual production: 13,750 cases
Vineyard holdings:
Münster – Dautenpflänzer (slate, sandy loam)
Kapellenberg (quartzite, loam)
Pittersberg (slate)
Rheinberg (quartzite, sandy loam, slate)
Bingen – Scharlachberg (Rotliegend, porphyry)

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Kruger-Rumpf 'Munsterer Rhein' Riesling Kabinett 2016
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "Entirely fermented in oak, the 2016 Nahe Riesling Münsterer Rheinberg Kabinett is a bit reductive on the nose. On the palate, this is a really piquant and racy Kabinett with a straight character"  Tasting Notes "An orgy of apples along with their skins, animated and

Kruger-Rumpf Riesling Spatlese 2015
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2015 Münsterer Dautenpflänzer Riesling Spätlese does not contain any botrytis like in former years when it was rather a downgraded Auslese than a Spätlese. Georg Rumpf has started to vinify more clear and elegant Spätlesen with no botrytis at all, except of the Scharlachberg

Kruger-Rumpf 'Munsterer Rhein' Riesling Kabinett 2014
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90  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 90 "From the oldest vines of the "VDP Erste Lage," the 2014 Münsterer Rheinberg Riesling Kabinett is a picture-book Kabinett: light and slightly sweet, piquant and fruity, and extremely stimulating in the grippy finish. This Riesling has great delicacy. With just 9% alcohol, it is