Top quality from all German cultivation
Harvest Numbers are approx. 10-15% below the average, but a
great harvest year none the less.
After one year with almost perfect climatic conditions the winegrowers
are extremely content in all 13 German cultivation areas with the wine
qualities. " This class of this harvest stands alone" , the president
of the German viticulture federation Norbert Weber prognosticated.
„Rare we read of as aromatic, healthy and full-ripe
grapes/clusters, described as in this year “, said the president of the
association. Many enterprises this year obtained must weights from far
degrees of Oechsle for BA
and TBA selections.
The yields of the wine vintage according to data
of the German institute for wine (DWI) with presumably about 8.8
million Hektoliters countrywide approximately ten to fifteen per
cent under that of the previous year as well as the five-year mean. In
some cultivation areas as for instance Rhinegau, and Mittelrhine had
diminished returns of over 20% one counts. The
producers in Franken had had no deficit and in the Pfalz only
comparatively small diminisheds returns of six per cent. The smaller
harvest quantities are to be due to an uneven bloom as well as the
sunny dry late summer. In the East German cultivation
areas Saxonia and Saale Unstrut delat with the strong winter frosts
which resulted in yield-reducition, so that compared with 2008 half
could be harvested only approximately there.
Viticulture president Weber counts apart from single operational price
adjustments despite the harvest quantity below average on to a large
extent stable wine prices. For DWI manager Monika Reule offers the
class 2009 in this country an
unusually good price benefit relationship to the wine friends: „There
is much wine from the 2009er from all German cultivation areas for the
money. Because many harvested late and selections are offered for
marketing-technical reasons as quality wine “, explained Reule. It
expects fruit-forward, contentful and very well balanced white wines.
In addition the consumers could look forward to
strong, color intensive and fine red wines. It remains being waiting
whether 2009 can be crowned still with ice wines. The state of
health and maturing of the grapes/clusters offer best conditions for
Reule is sure itself that the class 2009 will receive also
internationally large attention. „Beside the great Riesling and Pint
Noir the unusual red wine qualities might particularly provide
for surprise, because abroad it is not yet very well-known that in this
country on approximately a third of the red wine is
cultivated and Germany the third biggest Pinot Noir Producer in the
world is “, explained a DWI boss.