As the Scheurebe variety requires a lot of land but delivers only moderate yields, its cultivation is declining. However, it produces very fine wines with notes of nutmeg and a powerful Riesling bouquet. Wine connoisseurs find its aromas particularly appealing.
Scheurebe: origin and cultivation
It was long assumed that Georg Scheu had bred the Scheurebe grape variety from Silvaner and Riesling. However, it turned out that, although Riesling was the father, the mother was a wild vine. In Austria Scheurebe is also called Sämling 88.
Scheurebe is cultivated primarily in the German winegrowing regions of Rheinhessen and the Palatinate. In total some 1,400 hectares are planted to Scheurebe – approximately 740 hectares in Rheinhessen and 350 hectares in the Palatinate. The Scheurebe variety can also be found along the Nahe river. It is one of the most successful new German grape cultivars. However, like Riesling, the vine is very fussy when it comes to where it is planted: it likes dry, infertile soils. Scheurebe also does well on calcareous and loess soils.
Scheurebe wine: what are its typical traits?
Scheurebe wines display piquant, spicy aromas and a racy, lively acidity. The grape variety can achieve the high must weights necessary to produce fine select harvest wines (Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese). Scheurebe wines are available in a wide range of qualities and styles: while Kabinett wines are ideal for quaffing with friends, late harvest styles (Spätlese) pair very well with spicy and aromatic food.
Scheurebe wines typically have a good balance between sweetness and acidity. The bouquet usually reveals notes of blackcurrant. The colour of Scheurebe wines can vary depending on quality – golden yellow, straw yellow or pale yellow.
depending on quality golden yellow, straw-yellow or pale yellow