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Vintage 2012

★★★★☆

 

“April weather and luck in a card game – can change any minute!!”
–  unknown

 

The transit from winter to spring in 2012 was very changeable. Once we had snow then we had sun, then again, some snow and frost followed by spring like temperatures. Mid-February the temperature sunk to -15°C and end of March they hit 20°C. Causing the bud burst to be extraordinarily early. All of spring was like an endless month of April – beginning of April was cool and during the end the thermometer jumped up to 30°C. The month of May came at us with some cooler nights resulting in very irregular flowering – on the 18th of May we had one of the latest frost nights ever recorded. June, July and August where perfect summer months. Warm and balanced. Consequently, we were able to harvest our first Pinot Noir and Sankt Laurent grapes on the 20th of August – with record breaking sugar levels! Due to the high summer temperatures the sugar levels kept on climbing, so we had to be very careful not to harvest too soon – important is not only the amount of sugar but also the physiological maturity. Nevertheless, the main harvest was ended on the 27th of September – it was as early as in 2003 – In December we harvested our Scheurebe Trockenbeerenauslese – after 4 unsuccessful years finally a Trockenbeerenauslese!

Ageing Potential Chart

2012

Brut Rosé

drink

Grüner Veltliner

drink

Muskat Ottonel

drink

Welschriesling

drink

Sauvignon Blanc

drink

Pink

no production

Zweigelt

drink

Blaufränkisch

drink

Sankt Laurent

drink / hold

Pinot Noir

no production

Zweigelt Reserve

no production

Sankt Laurent Reserve

no production

Pinot Noir Reserve

no production

Merlot Reserve

no production

Cuvée 1487 Reserve

no production

Eiswein

drink / hold

Beerenauslese

drink / hold

Trockenbeeren.

drink / hold

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