The vintage 2016 started with an early bud break. At the end of April, the heavy frost reduces the high yield. The summer weather was very varied(Rainy/Sunny), due to that the vines got enough nutrients. The ripening period was dry, so we harvested healthy and ripe grapes.
The 2016 wines are refreshing, fruity with nice spiciness.
The Rieslings are full bodied and delight with their classic stone fruit aroma.
The Grüner Veltliners are very spicy and show the terroir perfectly.
A work-intensive year
This year demanded a lot of patience on behalf of us winemakers. The weather seemed perfect until end of August. Two rainy months followed and required intensive selection work in the vineyards. Our best wines of this vintage needed a full year (our Rieslings even one and a half) to develop their full potential and are similar in character to those of 2010. As we do not use grapes affected by botrytis this vintage has turned out to be somewhat more light-weight than others.
A challenging year
A rather wet and cool spring and summer period was finally taken over by a wonderful autumn in mid-October. Fortunately, we could wait with harvesting our First Growth grapes until mid-November, which allowed our wines to gain cool finesse and pronounced mineral tones.