Rita and Rudolf Trossen
Copyright: Oliver Brenneisen
Rita and Rudolf Trossen’s estate sits on the steep slopes of the Middle Mosel in the village of Kinheim. These slate soils have been home to grape vines since Roman times, and are renowned for yielding uniquely complex and elegant Rieslings. The weathered slate soils made it very difficult for phylloxera to flourish here, meaning that most of Rita and Rudolf’s vines are ungrafted, with some approaching 100 years of age.
The Trossens were one of the first producers in Germany to convert to Biodynamics way back in 1978, making them true pioneers. In 2010 they decided to go one step further and release their ‘Purus’ line - a range of single vineyard Rieslings that are unfined, unfiltered and have no added sulphur. Rudolf and Rita choose to age their wines on the lees for extended periods of time in order to stabilise them naturally, rather than using any additives or preservatives. Their Rieslings are remarkably balanced and precise, and each cuvée reflects the character of the site it came from - showing that minimal intervention Rieslings are more than capable of terroir expression.