Medium depth, cherry red with ruby rim. Hundsrück, now spelled with a d, sounds like a character from Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungen, and it is indeed of imposing stature. Where the Centgrafenberg seduces with its filigree composition, the Hundsrück impresses with power, concentration and structure. An ethereal eau-de-vie expression of cherries lives in perfect harmony with subtle notes of pepper and spice, complemented by the exquisite flavour of roasted chestnuts and the minerally vibrancy of deep-rooted vines. Of course this is still work in progress, as the affirmative tannins show, but once they begin to relax on the velvety texture, the paradise of Spätburgunder beckons (2020 if you must know).