Pfeffingen Dry Scheurebe 2020 Review – Waxy and Delicious

Published by Jeremy.

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We always love finding varietal bottles of grapes we've only ever had as blends, and Pfeffingen's Scheurebe from Germany is one such bottle.

This one blew us away with its complexity and rich, waxy texture so much so that we wonder why this grape is not more popular to begin with!

A Fascinating Scheurebe from Germany

Pfeffingen Scheurebe

This Scheurebe from Pfalz was deep gold in color with light effervescence and had medium(+) aromas of yellow apple, melon, pear, peach, wet wool, saline, honeysuckle, elderflower, pineapple, and a slight beeswax note.

On the palate it was off-dry with high acidity, medium alcohol, full body, medium(+) flavor intensity, and a long finish. We noted flavors of yellow apple, pear, peach, wet stone, saline, pineapple, grapefruit, cooking herbs like thyme, and a phenolic, waxy finish.

We have been enjoying wines that have had a textural component to it more and more lately, so the waxiness of this one helped elevate this wine with a wonderful phenolic complexity.

Scheurebe Food Pairing – Cod with Pesto Sauce and Panzanella

Scheurebe Food Pairing - Cod

We paired this … white wine with a cod topped with basil pesto and served with a side of panzanella.

The vibrant pesto on the fish turned this wine into an explosion of peach and citrus flavors with only nominal waxy notes relative to trying the wine without food, and the panzanella salad helped highlight more complex flavors like melon, grapefruit, and a stronger waxy intensity.

As such, both of these pairings were quite nice, and the play in flavors could be something to consider more relative to what you enjoy most and if you want to amplify or mute the phenolic notes in this wine.

Score: 4 / 5

We'd buy another bottle of this one.

As mentioned above, we're suckers for a strong white wine with some phenolic textures, and this one delivered. The fact that it went with both of our food choices with differing characteristics was just a bonus. As such, we'd gladly buy another bottle of this one!

Pfeffingen is located in Pfalz, Germany. We received this bottle in our Picked by subscription and enjoyed it in 2023.

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