Langenbach Scheurebe 1986

Langenbach & Co., Wormser Liebirauenstift-Kirchenstuck Scheurebe Kabinett, QmP, Rheinhessen, Germany, 1986

On scheurebe
An early 20th century underrated white cross [1] of  riesling x unknown. Plantings are on the decline, despite the potential of high quality dry and sweet wine. At full ripeness brisk acidity is retained, and so the ability to age, with a sensory profile dominated by ripe blackcurrant [2] with grapefruit, but also tropical and stone fruit [3]. At lesser ripeness, grapefruit dominates, which makes unattractive wines. So, scheurebe tends to be used to make sweet wine. It is currently planted in at least Franken, Pfalz and Rheinhessen in Germany, as well as Austria – but remains in overall decline.

This wine: [image], amtliche prufungsnummer: 4333145/049/87, varietal scheurebe, coated natural cork closure – stained for 2/3 length, the base 3mm are soft, but overall it remains sound), not given % abv, Vintage Wines, £9 bin end (09/17)

Consumer tasting note: a deep amber hue, with rich aromas of marmalade, dried pineapple, tinned yellow peach, honey and spicy hints of coconut and cinnamon; medium-full bodied with low alcohol, with flavours of orange marmalade, pineapple chunks, tinned peach and warm honey. Finishes medium-long. No need to decant, evolving quite adequately in the glass over 10 minutes.

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity amber, showing tears.

Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of stewed apricot, orange marmalade, dried pineapple, tinned yellow peach, warm thick honey, hint of coconut, hint of floor polish, cinnamon [on day 2, + cold tea and warm hay].

Palate: off-dry, medium (+) acidity, low alcohol, medium (+) body, medium intensity, a smooth velvety texture with the slightest grip, with flavours of marmalade, pineapple chunks, tinned peach, warm honey. A medium (+) length with a clean and fresh pineapple-yellow peach-marmalade finish, with the slightest grip.

Quality: good, perfectly balanced acidity with low alcohol (< 10%) and residual sugar. A decent intensity with similar concentration, fully developed with a rich complex tertiary profile [tertiary fruit development – marmalade, stewed and dried fruits; bottle age – cinnamon, honey]. Finishes medium-long.

Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years.


  1. Robinson, J., et al. (2012). Wine Grapes. Allen Lane, Penguin Books.
  2. Scheurebe [online] accessed 29/01/18.
  3. Scheurebe in Austria. [online] accessed 30/01/18.

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