2018 was a warm year, with very little rain. The grapes developed beautifully from early in the season, and there was little disease pressure and perfect flowering. The potential crop was healthy and plentiful, but the dry summer kept the water content in the grapes low. In early August a healthy dose of rain swelled the grapes and balanced the sugar levels, so that the resulting wines have moderate alcohol and have remained fresh rather than concentrated and raisined.
It was the earliest harvest on record here, beginning on 19th August. Hans-Bert and Silke have proudly taken delivery of the first optical sorting line in Germany, but could have saved themselves the expense, as the grapes were perfectly healthy!
Fermentation was shorter, with less post-fermentation maceration, and there is less new oak overall. The wines are beautifully ripe, pure and balanced.