The Haarts count themselves lucky to own vineyards with very old vines of up to a hundred years old, which are far less affected by drought. The main problem was the heat, and to this end the canopy was left to grow higher to provide the bunches with shade, and laboriously hollowed out from inside to facilitate ventilation. Despite these precautions, there was some damage from sunburn, and by the end of the summer even the old vines began to suffer. Piesport and Wintrich were extremely fortunate to see rain in late August, and the harvest began in glorious weather, only to turn cold and rainy in mid-September. This made harvesting more difficult, but had the beneficial effect of slowing the rapid ripening and preserving acidity. A good deal of careful selection was necessary, but once the crop was safely in the cellar Julian was delighted with the quality.
Quantities are low, but the quality is, as ever, quite spectacular. There is a degree less alcohol than in 2019, and the wines are lean, racy, refreshing and oh so elegant!