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Weingut Dr. Crusius


We are very lucky.  For over 400 years the family Crusius lives in one of the finest wine regions of Germany - the middle Nahe.  Near the landscape is here considerably harsher and more diverse, the river meanders still in their original bed, the mighty Red rock massif marks the spectacular centerpiece of the region.  This unique landscape is what drives us to make wines that show the origin and inspire.  We are guided by three principles to achieve this goal.


1) Excellent location portfolio. We are convinced that the best and most typical wines can arise only in large documents.  Therefore, we strive to always know better our top locations and expand their share of the total.  Our vineyards are located in the immediate vicinity of the winery (no vineyard is further away than 8 km).  70% of our vineyard area are classified "first principles" bring to the position of the Statute VDP Nahe and therefore entitled, "Large Family".


2) Unique wine expertise. We are convinced that a solid professional training and years of experience in the wine tasting and -make help us to make the right decisions in the vineyard and cellar.


Whether intense, close-knit young wine tasting during the stage of vertical samples of various vintages and tasting of wines from colleagues, we always taste the team and for several days.  Ultimately flow more than 130 years of cumulative experience in wine making.  Peter Crusius belongs to a very small circle of German wine growers, the scientific further pursued even after graduation in Geisenheim, the quality question.  Parallel to the work in the domestic winery, he wrote an empirical work on the "impact of pruning on the quality of wine".  The investigated methods are now standard. The continued close contact with the Geisenheim Research practice helps us a lot.


 3) Professional and transparent work. We believe that professionalism and openness in the daily work leads to better wines and helps us to inspire with Origin.  Meticulously we take in the vineyard on the health of the vines.  We read manually and with a few, very experienced reading helpers.  Most have already introduced more than 15 crops.  In the basement we work a maximum of gentle and flexible.  Spontaneous fermentation and yeasts are not a dogmatic contrast with us.  Depending on the vintage and packaging conditions, we make use of both methods.


Similarly, pragmatically we use old wooden barrels and stainless steel tanks for aging.  For all methods, we create every year consciously room for experimentation and continuous forcing us to break rules.  The cultivation of Auxerrois and Riesling Cuvée Top-of-the-rock are two successful examples of such experiments.


 "Our wines are intended to show the origin and inspire."


 Dr. Peter Crusius


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Hochheimer Riesling Vintage 2014

The Earliest Vintage Harvest in my Memory

Information supplied by Dr. Franz Werner Michel, owner,

Domdechant Werner’sches Weingut

-1 November 2014-


After a hectic year with turbulent weather conditions, finally I am delighted to report from Hochheim again about a “happy end” of the 2014 Riesling vintage: good quality, but smaller quantity. But thanks to a reasonable filled stock from vintage 2013 and before, I will be able to meet the grow.ng demand from my customers around the globe.


Probably as result of global warming, the whole vegetation from the beginning in spring through blossoming and ripening until harvesting in October was two weeks earlier than normal. After extremely high temperature in May/June, we had in July/August endless rain showers until the beginning of October, when we finally enjoyed a short period of wonderful sunshine. During the heat wave in early summer, the grapes ripened very early, but during the rain period the berries blew up and the thin skins burst with the risks of infections by botrytis and insects. We had to start with picking already before the end of September, the earliest date in my memory as an active wine grower almost 70 years back! To avoid serious loss in quality and quantity, all vineyards have been pre-picked by hand to remove all damaged grapes and to harvest only healthy, fully ripe grapes. It was a real “turbo – harvest”.


The result is much better than expected: The fresh pressed juice from Riesling tasted and smelled clean with typical fruity aromas, the sugar degree reached over 80° up to 100° Öchsle, mostly suitable for Spätlese and even Auslese. The acidity appears crisp and round, well balanced against the typical Riesling fruits and minerals.


We are lucky to have harvested from our best certified vineyards Hochheimer KIRCHENSTÜCK and DOMDECHANEY also some “VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS®”, the absolute top of the quality pyramid in the dry style. Because of the dramatic reduction of the quantity by rigid pruning, dividing clusters and pre-picking of all damaged grapes, we reach an outstanding intensity and depth of fruit aroma and minerals – real great Riesling in global scale.



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Information supplied by Wines of Germany

-1 April 2014-


Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm.

- The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.


Many of Germany's current winemakers have taken over the winery from their parents. We're happy to see them staying in the family business!

    


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