The best at the beginning - 2006 will be a big vintage !
Winter was long and rich in snow and the ground-water table could recover well. Spring was mild and showed with lots of rainfalls. Budbreak of the vines was in the long-term average and the growth continued steadily. Flowering of the vines in June was very good, only in some parts we had some coulure. The growth of the grapes was constant and the small, thick-skinned berries changed their colour fast. After an unusually hot July and a mediocre, slightly rainy August followed a wonderful "Indian Summer" and we could start harvest at Mid-September with wonderful weather.
We could harvest our Muskat, Veltliner, Zweigelt, St. Laurent and last but not least our Blaufränkisch with just a one day's break and finish the this years harvest on 8 October. Rarely, we could harvest that relaxed and without any main sorrows due to the stable weather. Small, thickskinned and totally sane berries with a very high ripeness awarded our this years efforts and even the yield was very satisfying. Most of the wines already finished alcoholic fermentation very fast and without any problems and some of them already started malolactic fermentation.
The first wines tasted show a very concentrated fruit together with fine acidity - look forward to dense, persistent and before all very elegant wines from ZANTHO. The first wines from `06 will be most likely available from beginning of next year...