To make a long story short – as all past decades have shown us, the “9s“ are vintages of extraordinary quality. We started with a warm, dry spring and a very early shoot. Due to the drought, however, the shoot was somewhat delayed and we were always a bit afraid of late frosts in April, or even in May.
Thank God, however, it was not too cold and the danger of late frost passed without incidence. Fortunately, as in the previous year, we received enough rainfall in May and the vines were then very well supplied with nutrients during flowering at the beginning of June.
The green work then proceeded in a relatively relaxed manner, since the vines had grown very evenly and slowly. Due to the winter and spring drought, we covered the vineyard soil with straw to offer protection from dehydration and excessive warming. The fungal pressure was decreased due to dryness in the further course of vegetative growth, so we were able to do without some spraying.
On September 16th we started the exclusively manual harvest with a team of 12 people. As usual, most of our vineyards were harvested in several passages. We were able to harvest all the grapes in great maturity and health during 17 days of harvest, which was completed 8 October. The weather played a wonderful role, remaining dry throughout and cooling down during the nights. As always, the cold nights shaped the aroma very positively – thanks to the cooling influence of the Waldviertel. The musts were consistently supplied with nutrients for the yeasts, so the fermentation progressed very smoothly.
We are very satisfied with the quality of our wines and have already bottled 3 wines from the great vintage 2019 for you to enjoy.