Certified Organic, Biodynamic & Vegan
Country, Region: Germany, Pfalz
'Very attractive citrus, in the lime and lemon fruit spectrum. This has a very attractive nose of ripe grapefruit and spice with some gentle, sweet-pastry notes below. The palate has such a sleek, silky and elegant core of fresh ripe peaches, pears and melon. The smooth, succulent texture is very alluring. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.' 94 points, Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com, September 2019.
‘From weathered sandstone soils with basalt influence, the 2018 Wachenheimer Gerümpel P.C. is ripe and intense but elegant and flinty on the nose, with some caramel notes and aromas of crushed stones. Intense and concentrated on the palate, this is a full-bodied, pretty rich, dense, elegant and persistently salty Riesling with firm tannins. Still somewhat phenolic on the grippy finish, this 2018 needs time to gain finesse.’ 92+ points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, February 2020.
The Gerümpel vineyard in the village of Wachenheim is certainly one of Germany's most famous vineyards, first mentioned in documents dated 1429. 13ha in total, Bürklin-Wolf's parcel amounts to 6.2ha. Gerümpel benefits from frequent warm winds, ensuring that the grapes dry quickly after rain, thus reducing the risk of fungal infection. This site is characterised by its capacity to produce healthy grapes, even when they are picked late. Its proximity to the Grand Cru vineyards of Forst (Pechstein G.C. is just over the fence), means that the Gerümpel profits from both the typical weathered sandstone of Wachenheim and the volcanic basalt from Forst.
'In this discipline [dry Riesling], this estate has essentially no rival in all of Germany. In fact, given their sheer vineyard potential—they’re capable of producing seven grand crus and an equal number of premier crus in any given vintage—this may well be the best and most consistent producer of great dry Riesling in the world.' Joel B. Payne, Vinous, January 2013.
The Bürklin-Wolf estate is based in the Mittelhaardt, the quality core of Germany's world-renowned Pfalz, around the towns of Wachenheim, Forst, Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg. Here with 85ha under vine they have the largest family owned wine estate in all of Germany originating in 1597, with a treasure-trove of superb vineyards, at the centre of which lies the great Kirchenstück. Here in the tiny village of Forst, Kirchenstück and its neighbours Jesuitengarten, Ungeheuer and Pechstein, have for centuries been recognised as producing not only some of the world's greatest dry Rieslings, but simply some of the world's greatest wines. In the nineteenth century, prices for these wines exceeded the prices paid for 1st Growth Bordeaux and Grand Cru Burgundy.
In 1990 Bürklin-Wolf began reviewing their vineyard holdings in the context of the 1828 Royal Bavarian Land Tax Classification and after years of exhaustive research they discovered that today's top vineyards are exactly the same as those identified back in 1828. Today they have adopted a Burgundian model with four tiers: Estate, Village, PC (code for Premier Cru) and GC (for Grand Cru). Thus they are focussed on the production of dry, terroir-driven wines and no longer produce the Kabinett and Spätlese styles defined by the (still current) 1971 German Wine Law.