2010 vintage completed – Part I: Baden winemakers are happy

Monday, 08. November 2010 | 13:51 Uhr | D.SIMON | WINE GROWING DISTRICTS
Translator: C.SIEGEL
Winegrower Michael Weber, Ettenheim, Breisgau: The vintage is perfect. (Photo: Winery Weber)

GERMANY (Waldulm / Ettenheim) - This year's vintage is finally completed and many wines have already fully fermented so that it is time for a first verdict about the vintage 2010 and its character. What will the 2010 vintage be like? After all, every vintage has its own style. Fruity, fresh, clean and light wines, many with Kabinett-character, wines that are fun to be consumed, typical German, this is basically how you could describe the vintage 2010 in Baden.

"The vintage was definitely better than many people said", says Junior Thomas Männle vom from the Durbacher Winery Andreas  Männle: "The high amounts of rain in August was not really that bad after all. It provided the grapes with many nutriens. Thus, the yeasts got plenty of care and the wines show an excellent fermenting process. We were able to record a very clean vintage with very pure wines".

After inital worries, the good weather in October magically boosted the quality wines. "It is an excellent and market-conform vintage", says winemaker Andreas Philipp from the Winery AuggenerSchäf in the Baden Markgräflerland, „we got all the wines we were hoping for, from quality wines to Kabinett and late vintages". "The vintage is perfect", explains Michael Weber, from the Wine & Spirits Winery Weber in Ettenheim, Breisgau, "these wines are really fun". The Öchsle degrees were ultimately surprisingly high, explains Frank Männle, quality manager of the Ortenauer Winemaker's Association Oberkirch and Waldulm, who consults the members and their altogether 550 hectar (1359 acres) wine sites: "We had an average of 90° for the Pinot Noirs and Pinot Gris".

The only downside of this vintage was the amount of the grapes, which was 10 to 30 percent below the average of the past few years and thus a very "small" vintage. Particularly Riesling and  Müller-Thurgau were affected by heavy losses. This can be attributed to the cold weather during the blossom, which lead to a low fruit growth through the losses of very small berries, which is called "verrieseln" (English: loss of blooming). The Riesling is especially known for this phenomena during cold temperatures, which is where its name comes from.

"At least the wines have a good and juicy quality. Now we have Riesling wines like the ones from about 50 years ago", it is said in the Winery Andreas Männle. Quality Manager Frank Männle recorded a proud average of 84° for Riesling in Oberkirch and Waldulm, however, rather at lower amounts. The emerging scarcity of white wines may lead to price increases by the way. (d.simon)

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