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This single-vineyard wine comes from the Saumagen vineyard, which was planted in the early 19th century in Germany’s renowned Pfalz region. The site is situated on limestone soils that were once used as a quarry by the Romans. It has a subtle herby nose with wonderful hints of thyme, rosemary, and spearmint. You can also detect some creaminess and a whisper of butterscotch. The palate is good and grippy with active mineral-driven acidity that’s balanced by mild fruit depth.

Koehler-Ruprecht’s whole production is made using identical traditional techniques, an approach that Dominik says makes them,with spontaneous fermentations in old oak casks taken to full dryness before ageing in large-format old barrels.

Koehler-Ruprecht was founded in 1700s, building a reputation for quality dry Rieslings during a period when the style was nowhere near as popular as today. The Spätlese and Auslese trocken designations mean a lot here (not surprising considering they practically invented them) – so much so that they pulled out of the VDP once authorities banned the practice of declaring both the pradikat and the word trocken on a label at the same time. Estate Manager Dominik Sona’s decision was in keeping with the uncompromising ethos of previous long-time domaine owner, Bernd Philippi, who he worked alongside before taking over in 2012.

11.5% / 75cl