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As in most of Germany, there was damage in April, but the real catastrophe came on the 1 August. During the night, a spell of rain softened the grape skins, which were then hit by gentle hail that fell between Graach and Bernkastel. In the morning the damage was not obvious, but by the afternoon the colours of the berries began to turn. Dry weather meant that the affected grapes dried out and fell to the ground, but the effect on yields was dramatic. Further complications came with an onset of rot in late August and September, forcing careful selection during the harvest, which began on 25th September. Fortunately, it was cool for three weeks during picking, which gave more time to select ripe bunches and individual berries. The results are amazing: clear, pure and racy wines that show the Mosel at its best. In short, an excellent vintage.
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2018 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett [02 19] (SHAE12218A)
Fresh and floral, this is a lovely, effortless, flowing Kabinett with complex fruitiness and a little salty heat on the finish.
2018 Graacher Domprobst Kabinett [03 19] (SHAE13218A)
A little more power, a little more stony flavour, but there is extraordinary elegance in the yellow fruit that has elements of fresh green and even red fruit. The acidity is ripe and gentle, and there is a tangy salty vibrancy on the long finish.
2018 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese [17 19] (SHAE15218A)
A linear wine of purity and elegance, with a green note to the ripe peach and floral elements. It is delicate, fresh and poised.
2018 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese [08 19] (SHAE18218A)
Meltingly elegant, there is a stony edge on the nose which gives definition to the sweet ripe floral fruit, and the finish is juicy, a little smoky and satisfying.
2018 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese [10 19] (SHAE20218A)
The richness of Domprobst comes through in the form of perfumed, golden-yellow fruit, a dense, sweet texture and underneath, a vanishingly elegant smoky minerality.
2018 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese [05 19] (SHAE22218A)
A very seductive wine indeed. Dominated in its youth by very rich yellow fruit, it is effortless, elegant and melting. But don?t be distracted: showing clearly below the surface is the power of the vineyard in the form of rich, dark mineral notes, and there is a long, very fresh finish.
2018 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese [18 19] (SHAE28218B)
The first vintage (Jungfernwein) from a new parcel planted in 2015. Yields were very low ? just one bunch of small berries per vine giving a total of 100 litres. But what charm! There is a little honeyed botrytis in the mix, but the overwhelming impression is fresh, pure golden-yellow fruit, gentle stony flavours and ripe citrus acidity.
2018 Graacher Domprobst Auslese [11 19] (SHAE31218A)
Fresh, floral, ripe, elegant ? a classic Auslese. There is concentrated golden-yellow fruit touched with honey, vibrant lemony acidity and powerful mineral flavours massing on the finish.
2018 Graacher Domprobst Auslese [14 19] (SHAE32218B)
There is more everything here. The volume is not turned up, but rather the wine is more densely woven, more intense, with masses of fresh yellow peach and mirabelle fruit, and a very present fine minerality on the long salty finish.
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