Winzernews: Weingüter zum Jahrgang 2016

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Thiemo Kausch
Thiemo arbeitet im Marketing bei Lobenbergs Gute Weine. In seiner Funktion als Blogbeauftragter begleitet er Heiner ab und an auf Reisen um mit Storys, Bildern und Videos für spannende Beiträge zurückzukommen.

Finden Sie nicht auch, dass die Zeit der Lese eine ganz wunderbare Phase des Weinjahres ist?

Wir jedenfalls finden es spannend herauszufinden was vom kommenden Jahrgang erwartet werden kann. Damit auch Sie wissen was 2016 Sache ist, haben wir bereits mehrere Artikel zu diesem Thema im Blog veröffentlicht. Angefangen bei: Erste Stimmen zur Weinlese 2016.

Aber weil wir so unglaublich neugierig sind, haben wir noch mal nachgehakt.

 

Die Fragen für unsere Winzer waren:

1) How was the harvest?
2) What is the character of 2016 like?
3) Is it a small or big quantity?
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?

 

Von kurzen Ein-Wort-Antworten bis zum ausformulierten Erntebericht: Die Antworten unserer Winzer haben wir für Sie unverändert bereitgestellt.

Da die Menge der Rückmeldungen so groß ist und wir immer noch weitere erhalten, werden wir uns darum kümmern diesen Artikel stetig zu aktualisieren.


1) How was the harvest?

 We started harvest on 4th of October and finished 5th of November. During harvest we had a very traditional course. First we picked the Kabinett quality grapes and a little bit later with a little more hangtime we picked the Spätlese grapes. At the end of harvest while picking the healthy Spätlese quality grapes for our GGs we selected the botrytis grapes for our Auslese wines.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like?
 
 The vintage of 2016 was characterized by big differences in sugar level and acidity depending on which vineyard or parcel you look at. The grapes were very aromatic.
 
3) Is it a small or big quantity?
 
 The overall yield was normal but depending on the parcel very different.

4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?

 It's a good quality, the grapes were very aromatic though there were big differences in ripeness.
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
 
 Not in the recent years.

Das Jahr war für uns als Bio-Winzer sehr schwierig, da es im Frühjahr und Sommer sehr viel Pilzdruck ( Peronospora ) gab und es vorallem im Frühjahr sehr viel Gewitter, Frost und Hagel gab.
 
Wir hatten dementsprechend in einigen Weinbergen 0%, in anderen 40-50% Verlust, in wieder anderen bis zu 80%!
 
Insgesamt war sehr viel Arbeit notwendig, um die Reben gesund zu halten.
 
Insgesamt verlief aber der restliche Sommer noch sehr gut, da es sehr trocken war.
 
Im September wurden dann die Nächte sehr kühl und es regnete so gut wie garnicht, weswegen auch die Essigfliege dieses Jahr bei uns kein Problem darstellte.
 
Die Weinlese begann bei uns Mitte September und verlief sehr ruhig, da das Wetter perfekt war und die Trauben sehr stabil blieben!
 
Wir beendeten die Lese Mitte Oktober und sind mit der Qualität und Menge extrem zufrieden.

Da wir ja seit einigen Jahren mit einem guten Freund zusammenarbeiten, der selber etwa 7 ha besitzt, konnten wir unsere Ausfälle gut ausgleichen!

Letztendlich werden die Weine sehr ausgewogen und fein sein, aber trotzdem über die nötige Dichte und Kraft verfügen. Wir freuen uns auf jeden Fall sehr über diesen Jahrgang und die Entwicklung der Weine während der Gärung verspricht sehr gute Qualität!
Insgesamt müsste unser Jahrgang stilistisch zwischen dem sehr kräftigen und kompakten 2015er und dem sehr feinen und eleganten 2014er liegen! Vielleicht werden die Weine am ehesten den Weinen aus 2010 oder 2013 gleichen...

1)      Die Ernte gehört zu den entspanntesten der letzten 20 Jahre. Kein Regen!!!! Keine Botrytis!! So ruhig und so wenig Stress, das lässt die Anspannung aus dem Sommer fast vergessen.
2)      Die langanhaltende Blüte über teilweise 3 Wochen hat zu einer uneinheitlichen Reife am Trauben geführt, die später nicht immer vollständig zu korrigieren war. Für Weißweine ein Garant für spannungsgeladene und finessenreiche Weine. Bei Rotweinen muss man die weitere Entwicklung abwarten, um die Taninqualität abschließend zu beurteilen. Eine Mengenregulation war hier absolut notwendig, wie die Arbeit an den einzelnen Trauben.
3)      Aufgrund der außerordentlich hohen Niederschlagsmengen im Mai und Juni sowie teilweise noch im Juli, ist die Menge sehr gut. Im Pinot Noir war ein Ausdünnen unumgänglich. Riesling war eine Punktlandung.
4)      2016 ist ein guter Jahrgang!!
5)      Zu vergleichen mit 1996, die Säuren sind aber reifer und auf einem insgesamt niedrigerem Niveau.

1)      How was the harvest?
Überraschend! Nach einem echt straffen Jahr mit wirklich großen Herausforderungen in Sachen Pflanzenschutz durch die extreme Feuchtigkeit in der ersten Jahreshälfte, hat uns die kurze Hitzeperiode in der letzten Augustwoche und den ersten beiden Septemberwochen einen großartigen Reifeschub verpasst. Wir haben in der letzten Septemberwoche mit der Lese für Sektgrundweine und die leichten Burgunder begonnen, dann folgten die ersten Steillagen, sowie Direktzug-Weinberge für unsere Ortsrieslinge. Leider haben wir in den „schönsten“ Weinbergen die größten mengenmäßigen Einbussen, aber alles in allem, sind wir mehr als zufrieden… es gärt alles, das ist auch sehr beruhigend und in den ersten Novembertagen haben wir sogar noch eine Auslese ernten können.
 
2)      What is the character of 2016 like?
2016 wird von einer großen Balance zwischen Restzucker und Säure getragen. Grundsätzliche sind die Säurewerte etwas moderater als in 2015, doch durch die nicht sehr balancierte Reife wirken die Weine trotzdem sehr konzentriert. Der Jahrgang ist auf Grund der Witterung für uns irgendwo zwischen 2008 und 2009 einzuordnen. 2008 auf Grund der Feuchte, 2009 auf Grund der Säurestruktur.
 
3)      Is it a small or big quantity?
Im Gesamten haben wir knapp 20% weniger geerntet als im Vorjahr (was einer durchschnittlichen Ernte entsprach). In den flachen Weinbergen lagen wir in der Norm, in manchen Steillagen und zum Teil in den Burgunderweinbergen deutlich darunter.
 
4)      Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
Wir können den Jahrgang mit gutem Gewissen einen „guten“ Jahrgang nennen.
 
5)      Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
Siehe oben… irgendwo zwischen 2009 und 2008.

1) How was the harvest?
Sehr gut, beste Menge und Qualität die wir je hatten.
2) What is the character of 2016 like?
Sehr gute Fruchtsubstanz durch lange Reifezeit, harmonisch frische Säure.
3) Is it a small or big quantity?
Eher mehr, aber nur bei unter 10% der Weinberge zu viel, so dass die Qualität gelitten hätte, wir haben auch noch kurz vor der Lese ausgedünnt.
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
Sehr happy teilweise outstanding, bitte nochmal in 5 Monaten fragen.
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
Nein normalerweise immer entweder wenig Menge und gute Qualtität oder viel und eher kleinere Weine in 2016 beides zusammen, viel und so gut.

2016 – Ein Jahrgang mit allen Klimafacetten

Ein milder Winter, der sich bis in den April hinzog und noch Ende April Temperaturen von bis zu -3 Grad brachte. Zum Glück haben unsere Reben den Frost gut überstanden. Doch auch der Sommer verlangte unseren Reben und uns alles ab, der ständige Regen und die damit verbundene Feuchtigkeit machten es den Reben nicht leicht, dafür aber den Pilzkrankheiten. Durch unseren unermüdlichen Einsatz in den Weinbergen und einem sehr sehr aufwendigen Blattmanagement überstanden die Trauben auch das nasse Wetter. Die Erleichterung kam im Spätsommer mit warmen Temperaturen ohne Regen. Zum Glück hielt das trockene Wetter die ganze Lese hindurch und wir konnten am 28. Oktober die Hauptlese abschließen. Die Lese hat sich in diesem Jahr über 6 Wochen hingezogen. Durch mehrere Lesegänge mit selektiver Handlese konnten wir gesunde und reife Trauben ernten, die gerade in unserem Weinkeller gären. Wir sind gespannt wie sich der Jahrgang entwickeln wird.

1) How was the harvest?
Plenty of time during harvest to select and raise the quality.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like?
 
2) Is it a small or big quantity?
Very small quantity because of much rainfall in spring/ early summer and during flowering - peronospora infection.
 
3) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
Good quality, good must weight, comparable with 2015.
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?

1) How was the harvest? Die Lese 2016 war sehr entspannt, wir hatten keinen Befallsdruck und somit auch nicht die Notwendigkeit einer schnelle Lese. Offiziell sind wir in der 3. Septemberwoche in den Herbst gestartet und konnten erste sehr gute Qualitäten in den Weinbergen des östlichen Rheingaus einholen. Die Entwicklung der Mostgewichte lief in diesem Jahr eher schleppend und Dank der guten Wetterlage konnten wir uns sehr viel Zeit lassen, um das Maximum an Traubenqualität, sowohl aus den großen Bereichen im mittleren Rheingau, als auch in den Einzellagen und Kleinstparzellen im Rüdesheimer Berg ernten.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like?
Es wird ein typischer Kabinett-Jahrgang mit einzelnen Spitzen nach oben. Alles in allem war es ein sehr gutes Jahr.
 
3) Is it a small or big quantity?
Die Erträge liegen über unseren Erwartungen und zeigen dass wir durch intensiven Personaleinsatz wirklich einen quantitativen Erhalt und eine qualitative Steigerung ermöglichen konnten.
Es war eines der herausfordernsten Jahre seit langem.
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
Es ist eine gute Qualität an Mosten im Keller, die Gärung läuft sehr zufriedenstellend und die Bandbreite unserer Produktion eröffnet uns ganz neue Möglichkeiten, um diesen Jahrgang sehr
spannend ausbauen zu können.
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?

Seit dem 9. November hängen keine trauben mehr – fertig mit der lese bin ich noch nicht. Aber dazu komme ich später.
Am 19. September begann die weinlese mit frühburgunder und einer menge prima wetter. Danach folgten kleine lesepartien von ahnd und ausgesuchten trauben in weissburgunder und müller-thurgau zur herstellung des neuen bulle mit vorangehender maceration carbonique  für 14 tage und unter zuhilfenahme von etwas frühburgunder gleicher machart danach gekeltert.  Mit frischem most von blauem sylvaner wurde er dann auf die sektflasche gefüllt. Es folgten beits daraufhin sehr zeitige ernten von meinen pinots – eigene klonenselektionen von mir aus alten anlagen anderer winzer. Es gab eine kurze leseunterbrechung, denn wir wollten heu und sonnenblumen ernten und sie in die weinberge schaffen. Danach ging die lese weiter mit- endlich sylvaner. Die vorlesen waren ein traum – kerngesunde trauben im kabinettbereich mit herrlichersäure und struktur, sodass ich von vornherein beschloss mindestens 42 stündige standzeiten ohne trocken eis oder ähnliches und einem anschließenden keltervorgang von locher 4 stunden. Schlägt man da die spindelpresse zu, sind  wir bei spielend 52 gefühlten stunden standzeit.  Die moste waren goldgelb, wie frisches eigelb in geschlagener sahne und hatte jetzt jede menge stuktur. Allein die ware für den neuen sylvaner ohne grenzen ist ein traum. Die lese plätscherte dann so hin weissburgunder und grauburgunder waren die überraschung des herbstres mit fast 90 hl / ha das unterbot sogar portugieser mit eleganten75hl und somit gutem ausgangspotential für eine kleine und große fabrik natur. Übrigens vielen dank nochmal, dein unternehmen hat die allermeisten flaschen getrunken – für mich eine der größten ehren überhaupt! Am 8 oktober dnn musste ich aus geldmangel die erntehelfer heimschicken und den rest von riesling, was nicht natur werden soll,  das hatte ich von hand geerntet, und blaufränkisch mit der maschine geerntet. Eine fiel dabei um, eine zweite schoß ziemlich rasand den berg hinunter und ich hatte immer ein scheißgefühl!!
 
Dann war erstmal ruhe bis ich auf einer runde durch die weinberge unglaublichen wespen- und mäusefraß feststellen musste. Das war um den 28. Oktober. Mit der nagelschere bewaffnet sind wir dann auf knien zu dritt durch die alten sylvaner gerutscht und haben unter den netzen die verletzten trauben und beeren herausgefummelt. Alles in allem 300 liter aus 1,5 ha. Danach regnete es immer wieder auf meine trauben, zudem musste ich dringend nach hamburg, den scheiß von einem deiner kollegen ausbügeln und nach heilbronn wein präsentieren. Eigentlich hätte ich ernten müssen, denn selbst die allerletzten rieslinge waren bereits geholt und so kämpten wir den regenpausen mit sehr guter qualität  am 1 und 2. November der natur einen sehr schönen portugieser ab. Von dieser rebsorte gab es seit über einem monat keine andern trauben mehr hängen und fingen dann eine woche später nach allen wetterkapriolen mit eis und graupelschauer mit den sylvanern an. Doch die trauben waren nass. Und als dann während der lese ein weiterer graupelschauer über uns hinweg ging, brach ich die lese ab besorgte mir von einem obstbauern  plastiksteigen mit gelochtem boden und erntete am 8. Und neunten november – so spät wie noch nie flur 19/68 und mission. Die trauben sind jetzt feingestapelt in meiner garage in kisten, jede fein nebender anderen und trocknen, um das scheiß wasser was nicht hineingehörte wieder herauszuholen. Dazu baute ich zur unterstützung große ventilatoren aus meiner halle ab. Neben meinem haus starten im moment gefühlt 3 hubschrauber jeden tag und jede nacht -  ununterbrochen. Am Donnerstag werden wir traumtrauben  handverlesen danach wird eine 4-5 tägige maischestandzeit folgen, weil ich wieder weg muss wein verticken. Und dann werde ich hoffentlich unglaubliche sylvaner keltern. Also mein herbst ist noch lange nicht rum denn erst zwischen den jahren wird die große fabrik gekeltert…….
 
Insgesamt bin ich sehr zufrieden mit dem herbst, denn meine reben haben mich endlich verstanden. Sie fühlen sich seit 21 jahren so wohl bei und mit mir, dass, bis auf sehr wenige ausnahmen, alle weinberge auch sehr viele junge um die 15 bis 20 jahren nur noch dauerhaft 50 hl/ha ertrag geben, denn sie wissen genau, mit jedem liter zuviel habe ich mehr mit der vermarktung zu tun und kann mich dann nicht mehr soviel selbst um sie kümmern. Also geben sie nur noch wenig. Toll!!!

Sylvaner im Kreißsaal...

oder wie Flur und Mission geboren werden.
 
Die trauben waren während der lesegänge immer wieder von graupel und regen heimgesucht, sodass ich mir gegitterte obststeigen besorgt habe, die trauben  in diese sorgsam nebeneinander hineinlegen ließ bei der ernte, baute 3 gebläse meiner halle aus und machte guten laurenziberger wind! Am Donnerstag den 17. November hatte ich mich entschieden, nach sieben tagen trocknung der trauben, das lesegut von flur 19/68 und sylvaner mission zu sortieren und zu maischen. Die maische stand nun die letzten fünf tage ohne trockeneis oder ähnliches geschiss in bütten und wurde von mir heute auf die kelter aufgeschüttet. Der saft war ein traum , als wenn man ein eigelb in sahne eingeschlagen hätte und duftete nach birnen und reifen quitten. Die unzerquetschten beeren leuchteten in einem warmen weichen gelb und mir fiel beimscharren Huhn anblick ein ei aus der hose.  Zudem hatten die stürme der letzten tage den boden des kelterhauses  mit herbstlaub fein dekoriert, so dass auch die atmosphäre  und stimmung perfekt waren.  Ich habe mir dazu progressive psytrance laut angeschaltet - die musik dröhnte aus dem kelterhaus quer durchs ort. Es war meine party heute!!!! Die kelter mit mission lief über einen zeitraum von 13 stunden mit einem einzigen pressgang, flur keltert gerade auf die gleiche weise und wird mich bis in die frühen morgenstunden beschäftigen, dazu wird im kelterhaus zur musik getanzt. Wie gesagt, das ist ganz alleine meine party und es ist mir total egal was die passanten denken.
 
Ich vollpfosten war wieder auf dem apfelfeld vom vergangenen jahr und erneut hat das schicksal tonnen von perfekten äpfeln mir vor die füße geschüttet, so, dass ich nicht wiederstehen konnte. Morgen muss ich also laut höherer fügung die äpfel für den neuen cidre  natur aufsammeln. Ich bin echt müde, aber ich kann nicht anders….. denn ich bin
 
Ruhelos
 
Weiss man manchmal nicht
Was noch geht zu richten, was zu tun
Als Werk des ewig scharren Huhn
Getrieben selbst vom Schwunggewicht.
 
Als wär‘ die Müh, die Arbeit wie
Im Dreck, im Hof und seiner Ecke
Sein Schiss dabei den Stein beflecke
Geschaffen für das nieder‘ Vieh.
 
Gepickt wird hier nebst Schiss und seiner Schand
Wenn ist der Hof dann abgesucht
Der arme Wurm als Tat verbucht
Auch königlicher Fleiss, Pflicht und sein Pfand.

1) How was the harvest?

Mehrheitlich gutes Lesewetter, wenig Problemem mit Fäulnis – relativ zu 2014 und 2013 ein entspannter und ruhiger Herbst.

2) What is the character of 2016 like?

Hohe physiologische reife, auch überreife trotz sehr moderater alkoholwerte. Reife Säuren, trotzem feine zitrige Spritzigkeit.
Zu den trockenen Weinen ist noch wenig bekannt. Hier warten wir den Gärverlauf ab. Die Säurewerte liegen hier etwas unter dem Niveau von 2014 und 2015.

Für mich ein Jahrgang zwischen 2011 und 2015 allerdings ohne augeprägte Spizen von BAs oder TBAs wie in 2015.

Wenig bis keine Botrytis – dafür gute und reife Kabinette und Spätlesen.

3) Is it a small or big quantity?

Wir ernteten ca. 30% weniger als im Vorjahr – vergleichbar mit der Menge in 2013.

4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good
or outstanding?

Die Qualität geht von gut bis sehr gut. Hier kann man durchaus einen sehr Konsumentenfreundlichen Jahrgang erwarten. Die Weine werden sicher etwas früher trinkreife haben als 2013, 14, 15... etwa wie 2011 oder 2012.

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?

s.o.

1) Wie war die Ernte? Wir hatten fast 5 Wochen Weinlese, was ungewöhnlich lange ist(2015 hat die Weinlese aufgrund der Fäulnis nur 2 Wochen gedauert).Es gab kaum Botrytis, der Reifezuwachs stoppte auch Anfang Oktober. Aber bis Mitte Oktober waren die Silvaner in einen perfekten Zustand und konnten alles in den Keller holen, ohne das dabei Hektik aufkam.
 
2) Wie ist der Charakter von 2016? Momentan gären die meisten 2016er Weine noch in den Fässern, da wir fast ausschließlich mit Naturhefen arbeiten ist das auch nicht ungewöhnlich. Die beeren hatten einen guten bis intensiven Geschmack bei der Weinlese, so das der Wein mit ähnlichen Attributen ausgestattet sein dürfte. Der Alkohol und die Säure werden in einen Attraktiven Bereich liegen. Es dürfte spannend werden mit dem 2016er. Ich freue mich drauf.
 
3) Ist es eine kleine oder große Menge? Auf einer Teilfläche von 2 ha hatten wir einen Schaden durch einen regionalen Spätfrost am 25. April 2016. Bei den restlichen Flächen hatten wir teilweise kleine Probleme mit dem Pilz Peronospora, aber insgesamt sind wir sehr zufrieden mit einen Ertrag von knapp 50 hl/ha. Damit können wir gut leben.
 
4) Sind Sie mit der Qualität zufrieden? Würden Sie nennen es arm, normal, gut oder hervorragend?
Ich würde die Qualität mit gut bezeichnen. Nicht alle Wünsche wurden in dieser Hinsicht erfüllt, aber bei den Topsilvaner haben wir wieder eine Fülle von faszinierenden Qualitäten eingelagert.
 
5) Gibt es einen Jahrgang, den Sie 2016 vergleichen könnten?
2007 oder 2013.

1) How was the harvest? Small.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like? Very concentrated wines, high Oechsle-level.
 
3) Is it a small or big quantity? Very small.
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding? Quality is outstanding.
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to? No!


2016, THE RADIANT ONE

 

Three months of summer without water: never before seen in the memory of winegrowers! This surprising climatology, these incredible conditions, associated with the terroirs at Angélus, have given us a great, unpredicted, unexpected vintage.


The harvest, picking calmly and when we wanted, took place from 4 to 21 October.


The long time on skins allowed us to extract very ripe grape seed tannins this year. These tannins have an elegant structure, stable and for very long ageing.

 
Today we are finishing the running off and filling the barrels.


As we had expected of them, the Merlots show an extremely deep colour, and their rich alcohol is perfectly integrated. They are dominated by fruit, freshness, breed and elegance.


The Cabernets Francs, with their crunchiness, which we had suspected during the harvest, magnify this very great vintage of Angélus and enthral us with their level of quality: a touch of cashmere tannins, great smoothness, spicy notes. They rival the Merlots in their elegance.

 

2016 is a radiant vintage mirroring the incredible summer conditions which shaped its identity and determined its destiny.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS ON THE 2016 VINTAGE:

The weather conditions were particularly in favour of the production of a very good vintage. The wet and cool spring contributed to a nice balance of the vines’ growth. The summer season was extremely dry and very sunny – especially from June 23 until September 13. We just had 20 mm of rain over that period. The hydric stress helped first synthesize a lot of colour and tannins in the berries. This very good stress allowed afterwards to completely refine these tannins.

We had a period of rain from September 13 to 16 – 38 mm of rain at Branaire-Ducru - that helped complete the last stages of maturation.
The weather conditions were perfect to spread out the harvest period – from September 28 until October 19. This allowed an optimal ripeness of the grapes for each plot.  
On the palate the Merlots show very pure and ripe fruit. They are fleshy and very well balanced. The finesse of the tannins is impressive. There is no heaviness in the wines thanks to reasonable alcohol levels – 13 to 14% vol. – despite an accomplished maturity.
The Cabernet-Sauvignons are still macerating. On the palate they already show a ripe and rich constitution, but also precise and fine tannins. Again, the Cabernets show a magnificent balance thanks to a limited alcohol content (12.5 to 13.5% vol) and good acidities.
The great finesse of the tannins combined with a ripe and very pure fruit and a nice density on the palate seem to be the common characteristics to all our plots - whatever the plot of origin.
Of course only the blends will reveal the deep style of this vintage, but all the components are there to produce a very good vintage!

I’m glad to answer you about the vintage 2016.
The vinification is still working but we already know that it will be a great vintage.
The weather had not been always on our side but important rains during the spring had been offset by a warm and dry summer (record since 1959).
The key factor was the beautiful weather during September and October


1)           The harvest was perfectly healthy because of the cool nights and warm days (23°C to 27°C). The maturity had a slow development and the botrytis was absent. We finished our harvest later than last year, the 19th October.
2)           Our tasting description is: intense black color (anthocyanin > 1000 ml/liter), a first nose with a lot of black fruits, abundant merlots and smooth cabernet-sauvignon (IPT around 100), ripe tannins (5g/liter). The alcohol degree is 13.5% for Merlots and 13% for Cabernet-Sauvignons.
3)           The yield is less important than 2015 (45hl/ha) because of the small size of the berries.
4)           I am fully satisfied of this quality. We have successfully avoided the traps of this vintage: rains during summer (mildiou) and drought of the summer.
5)           If we compare, this vintage makes me think about 2010 and maybe 2005…

The 2016 harvest


The clayed soil favoured vintage.
It was a special harvest, the first like that which did not look like anyone. In fact we never knew similar climatic conditions in the past.
Winter and Spring were rainy, damp, but flowering was correct. And from the middle of june till the end of october, summer and indian summer were sunny, without any clouds, hot and without a drop of water, except the 10th of september (40 mm). So it was better for clay and limestone soil like Charmail in its majority.
We could also waiting for maturity of each grapevarieties, we picked by hand from 3rd of october to 21st of october.
We also received a new machine THE Tribaie, with a density process which sorted berries accorting to the maturity and the alcohol degree. Its the better system to fill vats with only the medocain caviar
we continue to work without herbisids, a minimum of chemical treatements, green deleafing, green harvest, and cold maceration (label 14001 certified).
So we say the result and the vintage 2016 outstanding!
The wine is well balanced (merlot 40 cabernet sauvignon 40 cabernet franc 12 petit verdot 8) has a deep color with blue hints, is fruity (blackberries) creamy, silky, full body, with developed aromas of black fruits chocolate and licorice, this wine is greedy.
Its a blue wine, the color of exceptionnal vintage.
We can compare with 2009 and 2010 vintages, its different but with the same level.

2016 VINTAGE OF CHÂTEAU CLINET

The winter was mild and (very) wet*, followed by a fresh and rainy summer, which stretched into mid-June. Nevertheless, flowering took place in the first few days of June, during a period of beautiful, dry weather.

A long period of drought began. The months of July and August were hot and extremely dry. Not a drop of rain fell between the beginning of July and the 13th September.

These restrictive conditions, associated with some extremes of temperature (cold nights, hot days), contributed to the exceptional potential for polyphenol extraction and to the good overall balance of the grapes.

Finally, after almost 2 months of drought, close on 40mm of rainfall brought relief to vegetative growth on 13th September. This allowed the perfection in maturity of the parcels suffering from the excessive water stress.

The harvest began in fine weather at CLINET on 22nd September with the property’s traditional parcel, „Le Syndicat“.

One of the particularities of the 2016 vintage at CLINET was to harvest in several passes or selections within the same parcels of vines. This very precise work will prove particularly effective in separating the vines with different maturities.

The 2016 vintage is notable for the sanitary quality of its grapes, the light weight of its buds (between 1.2 and 1.5g/bud) and the number of buds per bunch (around 20% higher than the average observed in previous years).

This last point is a result of the excellent conditions during flowering and fruit set, followed by water stress during the summer.

The harvest continued during the week of the 26th to 30th September, serenely and in pleasant weather conditions, then finished on Monday 3rd October with the picking of the Cabernets (Franc and Sauvignon).

Big smiles stretched across the faces of the CLINET winegrowers at the culmination of the harvest of 2016. The crop yielded grapes of exceptional beauty and flavor. Moreover, they were reasonably abundant.

Amongst the peculiarities of the grapes, we might note their small size, their beautiful darf color, their good flesh, their sugariness, their creaminess and the quality of their pips whose taste blends marvelously into the ensemble.

During these early days of maceration, we are observing an extraction which is rich (in tannins) and full of polyphenol (colour), in keeping with the perceived analyses conducted on the grape skins.

The first tastings underline our enthusiasm for the quality of this vintage.

– Ronan LABORDE


*500mm of precipitation between 1st January and 15th March 2016, compared with an average over the last 15 years of 177mm for the same period

The 2016 vintage is characterized by a rainy spring favorable to mildew which developed until early summer before being stopped by the high temperature and dry weather. We were worried until 3 weeks before harvest, the lack of rain slowed the maturity of the berries. Fortunately the two small rains of September were extremely beneficial and allowed the grapes to mature perfectly. The juices are very balanced with good acidity and ripe fruit. The 2016 appears as a great vintage of guard and well structured.

We harvest without stress with a team of 36 people in total over a period of 20 days allowing us to harvest the different grape varieties at the most favorable times. With the alcoholic fermentation being completed, we are currently finishing the run-off and expecting a volume of about 40 hecto / ha, which is for Coutet well above the average of the usual yields.

1) How was the harvest?
Very good. We have pick under a beautiful weather, whenever each block was at the perfect ripeness.

2) What is the character of 2016 like?
Deep wines, a loft a fruit, good balance, very fine tanins with a smooth texture, good length. Very promising!
A strange year with a loft of rain at spring and a high pressure from mildiou, then a very dry summer, two rains in September to avoid ripening difficulties. Everything has been excessive, but balance and harmonie are there in the final result.

3) Is it a small or big quantity?
Good quantity: generous but without excess.

4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
After a great 2015, we have again a great 2016. Bordeaux has a very good weather at automne more and more often, which allow us to pick ripe and healthy grappes. We are very pleased about it but we have some thoughts for those who have pick very small amount in other part of France because of frost or hail.

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
Rich and balance like 2010.

CHATEAU FOUGAS 2016 vintage ...That of all the excess!

After a long period of rain in the spring, an episode of heat wave this summer for more than four months without a drop of rain, vine asked for 2016 sustained and redoubled his entire growth careful...

Bud:
After a mild winter and little rain, almost Mediterranean, the instability of the sky was installed from March throughout the spring with an unusual freshness. Bud, late, started in the first half of April in the rain.

Flowering:
After frequent rain events, flowering came under sun and a favorable heat of 20 ° C for a week from May 28. With already eight days late compared to the previous year, well-fertilized flowers produced pretty long and abundant clusters.
... The rest of the spring was very wet, requiring special attention to prevent all diseases

Ripening:
At 14/08/16, the grapes were ripening mid with a delay of fifteen days on annual averages. “Veraison” was very even promising a harvest of exceptional regular maturity.
The heat wave moved from July and throughout the month of August without any rain event.
Fearing the blocking of maturity by drought we worked the land during that month in accordance with the old peasant saying: "A plowing worth two watering," which ensured perfect water regulation. Thus the vine has not suffered from the heat or lack of water. We accompanied the work of several treatments of biodynamics.

Harvest:
September was unusually sunny and about in the summer heat, favoring a perfect late maturation and very homogeneous. The harvest took place from 1 to 8 October in the sun...

Wines:
The wines have rich fruit, freshness, color and tannin. They are full, dense, fine and velvety. All is harmonious. The 2016 vintage is already beautiful!

The harvest took place from 22nd September to 17th October –a period of almost a month. Over the last fifteen vintages, we have never picked so late. An outstanding growing season and an especially superb Indian summer enabled the vines to produce perfectly ripe grapes on both the Right Bank and Left Bank of Bordeaux.

La Conseillante’s haute couture philosophy of meticulously tending vines on an intra-plot basis again paid off, leading to superb grape quality.

After a mild winter, the 2016 vine cycle began in mild, very wet weather conditions. Rainfall was heavy right up to June (reaching a total of 660 millimetres in the period from January). With relatively high temperatures, the downy/powdery mildew pressure was at its highest throughout the season.

The flowering took place in good conditions.

It was at the end of June that the growing season completely changed face. The months of July and August were particularly dry and very warm with spells of very hot weather and without any rain at all. The usually cool terroirs turned out to be earlier-ripening than usual. These plots suffered no water stress whatsoever.

In September, 20 millimetres of rain fell in our vineyard helping the grapes to successfully continue their final burst of ripening.

In the days leading up to the picking, the berries were looking beautiful; they were sweet and flavoursome with lovely fresh fruit character.

With continuing fine, sunny weather, we were able to stop and wait a few more days to gain the final margins of complete ripeness and concentration in the berries. We resumed the picking on 7th October and finished the Merlot on the 10th.

On October 12th we picked the youngest Cabernet.

We then waited in order to give the best possible chance for the Cabernet Franc to reach optimal ripeness, and these were the last grapes to be brought in.

The use of cold rooms to hold the freshly picked grapes worked very well. We were able to allot each plot’s grapes to a specific fermentation vat and thus enable a slow extraction before the alcoholic fermentation.

Not all the lots have finished their fermentation yet, but those that have done, show very encouraging results. The 2016 has wonderful aromatics, good structure without excess and a nice creamy texture on the palate.

Carrying on last year’s trials, we performed integral fermentations in 22 barrels (compared with 12 in 2015) with very positive results.

As of today, the 2016 puts us in mind of the 2010 vintage, with superb concentration, abundant polyphenols and a lovely balance between alcohol and acidity.

– Marielle Cazaux

About 2016:
Harvest was quiet without worry.
Character of 2016?? Like 2016... Strong, red fruits. Long life I suppose.
Normal quantity: 40hl/ ha
Quality outstanding!
Difficult to compare now. But I repeat, probably typical and 2016 .

1) How was the harvest? Beautiful weather during harvest time and perfect ripeness level.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like? Elegant and intense fruit, structured and powerful, but with very silky tanins. Intensily colored.
 
3) Is it a small or big quantity? Small in our estate.
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding? Very happy because of an outstanding quality.
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to? 2016 seems to be a very special vintage, but in some points, it reminds us the elegance and balance of the 2010 vintage.

I retasted yesterday all our vats with Mr. Delon, so i think that i have a good idea of the 2016 vintage potential !
 
Firstable no hail or frost in Bordeaux ! Spring was cool and rainy but we had no rain during the fowering, so no flower shatter. We were lucky as there was rain before and after the flowering...
 
Then summer was warm & dry (21mm only in total at leoville las cases in july+august so very dry) but not too hot (no heatwave) and nights were cool, so a big difference of temperatures between days and nights.
 
Then we had rain mid-september and it was necessary because of the drought (again we were lucky)
 
About drought : the young wines suffered (until 10 years approximately but depend on the soils), and the wines on very sandy soil suffered sometimes if the water table was too farr/deep.
 
In fact you needed deep rootstock (old vines) and clay in the soil or a water table not too farr (or limestone substrat) to allow a quite regular water supply during summer.
 
Harvest : perfect weather conditions during all the harvest. No rain, sunny days/cool nights. So we were able to wait for the perfect phenolic maturity on all the soils for all the grape variteties.
We started on Sept 30th and finished on Oct 19th at Château Léoville las Cases, Saint Julien.
We started on Sept 26th and finished on Oct 12th at Château Nénin, Pomerol.
 
The quantity is higher than last year : roughly 10% more.
So a good crop in quantity for Bordeaux except if you had deseases in spring (mildiou especially)
 
Quality : The wines are stunning on both banks. I thought that the Merlot resisted a little bit less than the Cabernet in this context of drought but i was probably wrong. Wines are opulent yet racy and perfectly balanced. Tanins are refined and tasty. We'll see after malo for the final balance but we are very happy with the merlot.
About cabernet, we know that they have a huge potential (probably higher than the merlot) grapes were concentrated, and are producing exeptionnal and tannic Cabernet wines. We will probably make great wines with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, especially on old vines, but even the youngest ones can be impressive. Moreover, the plots which go sometimes in the first wines but not always are very good.... often a signal of great vintage for Bordeaux. So outstanding potential for 2016!
 
To compare … 2016 is like 2016 !

2016 is an exceptional vintage and the weather was very good during the harvest.
It will be like the 2015 even better.
This 2016 can be left to age for a long time.

I think you have heard many times what happened in the vineyard but I can not resist telling the story again since it was such a crazy year: cool winter ( mimozas were blooming far too early and mosquitos were not killed, considering the number of bites of the summer!), super wet and cold spring (but for the week of the flowering that went actually very well : quick and homogenous!!!!); the precocity was slowly vanishing.(no frost) We had to fight against mildiou which was very "active" (actually until very late during the summer- strange in such a dry weather; some dew in the morning though: maybe a reason) . A very hot and dry summer which happens to be perfect for us in St Estèphe: gravels and clay. I must say that I was very worried when I came back from  vacation late August and I was happily surprised by the fact the vines were doing unexpectingly fine (except for some younger ones which actually suffered and that we obviously vinified separately). It seems that at that time we did not experience any hydric stress but frankly the situation was deteriorating early september. And then  it rained 45 mm on the night of the 13th of September!  (no hail) It started the whole maturation process again.  The water did not break the skins rather thick and the plant took advantage of it very gradually.  Our bunches of grapes were well spread on the branches. We knew that botrytis was "en embuscade" but thanks to our prophylactic methods, we managed to  avoid it. Therefore, we were able to start our harvest  of Merlots on the 3rd of October. We stopped a few days to wait for our later ones and followed with our Cabernets Sauvignon that we finished on the 21rst of October (one of the latest harvest ever). The harvest was generous but not too much.
The caracteristics of the vintage is power and aromatic complexity and expression. The vintage is "fresh" (no too high alcohol levels and very good acidity) while very ripe built on phenolic richness (amazing IPT) The Merlot are ready for the barrels: they show fruit, flesh, they are very tasty, full, onctuous and the tannins are very soft.
The Cabernets Sauvignon are still macerating but they are already rich and racy. Some lots are quite exceptionnal (the berry were already tasting exceptionnal in the vinyeard) , showing great tannins. The wines are very balanced. A great "noblesse"'! I can not wait for the end of the maceration .


Newsletter:

„2016 has been a year full of contrast which demanded a high level of careful attention. Worry ran high while we were experiencing a particularly wet spring. Hopefully we escaped spring frost and destructive hail.
Our great terroirs of gravels and clay allowed our vines to then resist the very dry and hot summer conditions. 2016 is the vintage of the North !
The 45 mm of rain that occurred on the 13th of September helped the maturation process to fully complete. We harvested from October the 3rd till the 21st! In the end, a great vintage is shaping up to our great joy !“

Our wines are now resting in barrels for the next 18 months. 2016 is characterized by an aromatic complexity and freshness. The particularly homogeneous Merlot are fruity, round, tasty with very smooth tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon are fresh, rich, very racy, often elevated to the rank of exceptional, thanks to so-called „Médoc tannins“ that predominate. There is perfect balance in the wines. A „très grand“ vintage is emerging.“

– Véronique Dausse, General Manager

1) How was the harvest? It was fantastic ; no rush ; we could choose the date of picking of each plot of vineyard.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like? On our terroirs, (limestone and clay), the vines did not suffer to much from the dryness of summer ; the wines are rich, full bodied, with a high level of acidity, very elegant.
 
3) Is it a small or big quantity? Big quantity.
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding? Outstanding.
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to? Probably 2010.

Voici ce que je peux vous dire sur le millésime 2016.

La récolte fut magnifique,se déroulant sous une météo très clémente, le 10 octobre pour les merlots et le 14 octobre pour les cabernets francs.
Avec un rendement plutôt faible 26hl/ha; ceci suite a une attaque de mildiou sur grappes début juin et une forte présence de vers de grappes;
événement que je n'avait jamais connu.

De part ma façon de travailler, je suis toujours satisfait de la qualité de chacun des millésimes de Tertre de la Mouleyre, ils sont tous différents mais nous pouvons y retrouver la typicité du terroir,et les caractéristiques du travail que j'effectue.
 
Je pense que la dégustation est très subjective, 2016 sera de toute évidence un beau, voir un très beau millésime.

1)      How was the harvest?
Wonderful weather, splendid grapes and smiles on our face.
 
2)      What is the character of 2016 like?
 
 
3)      Is it a small or big quantity?
The average age of our vineyard is quite young (20 years) as we did a replantation programm since the 1990s. Thus, we have a quite steady yield every year. For 2016, we will say that the quantity is at the upper of the yield bracket average.
 
4)      Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
Outstanding. :)
 
5)      Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
One ask us this question every year but it’s very difficult to answer. Every vintage is different, even the outstanding ones. Too early maybe to answer this question.

Quite a good volume, much more than the past 2 years;
Excellent/top quality, same level than 2015, if not better as being more classic Bordeaux in style.
We are very happy, and I think most of the other owners are as well.

1) How was the harvest?
 
The harvest started the latest ever for us on October 3rdand finished October 18th. Even more than the previous years, the picking was key. Because of the drought during summer, some vines in the blocks had lower quality fruits that we have to put aside.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like?
 
It’s amazingly suave. The crème de tête is absolutely superb. Aromatic, fruity, with a good freshness. Great depth of color. It has the characteristics of a high-quality vintage.
 
3) Is it a small or big quantity?
 
There is significantly less quantity than 2015 possibly because of the drought during summer.
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
 
In terms of quality, the best lots are on a par with 2015, possibly better. The old vines produces outstanding quality.
 
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
 
All the varieties are good. I would actually compare the 2016 vintage with 2005. We had water stress in 2005, but we improved selection and sorting in 2016. So 2016 has the characteristics of an improved 2005.

Here is some answers to your asking:

Harvest was for us really great in term of quality, and the volumes of grapes was just enough. But the most important, is that the 2016 season was really hard. Something that we didn't see since more than 80 years...
We had frost, lot of rains, so lot of risk of mildiew, hail, burning of the skins, etc. So we were taking the strongest effort that we can in order to keep the grapes in good conditions. But finally weather changed in August, with sun and warm temperatures. The quality of the blacks grapes, Pinot Noir et Meunier are really really interesting, and for sure make unique vintage : this is rich, concentrate and long finish.
For the Chardonnay, I feel that there is still at this time a sensation of dilution in the middle of the mouth. But this is just end of fermentation so as we vinify all the Chardonnay in barrels and foudres, there will be some good nutrition and richness coming for the barrels, and the stirring of the lees.
For the volume, we had 20% less of average production, mostly due to the frost ( 0,8 ha without grapes ), and the mildiew in all the parcells in the 10 villages that we have in Champagne.

This is to early to say how will be 2016 and for sure this is a unique vintage. Try to make a comparaison is always difficult at this period of the vinification... but for sure, this is a warm vintage, complex and rich. So 2002, 2005, or 2014 are more or less on the same profil.

At the estate, we are doing each year a vintage with 5 differents cuvées, and in a few years we will be more than happy to present these 2016 as they was the most difficult for us to take the gapes in good conditions...

1) For my part the harvest was excellent. We have had sun every day!

2) 2016 was a complicated year; we lost half of the crop due to the frost, the disease and the sun.

3) We are quite happy about the quantity and the quality, even if it’s a small quantity, the quality will be good. We wait the end of the vinification…

4) For the “Meunier”, in term of tasting/organoleptic quality, we can compare 2016 to 2015.

1) How was the harvest?

The harvest went much better than the year!
In fairly good conditions.
After this extremely difficult year, the yields were rather correct, about 8000kg / ha.
For me, there is a lack of maturity.
This is due to the rainfall of 8 and 9 September.
These rains clearly offset some of the year's losses, but I also think they slowed down the end of ripening. Even if we harvesting few weeks after these rains.
However, the quality seems heterogeneous, we will have to wait to express with more precision depending the terroirs.

2) What is the character of 2016 like?

2016 has a unique character! An incredible meteorological year!
Really extremely difficult in terms of protection of vineyard with our methods ...
For summary, year extreme...
For the wines, too early for speak…

3) Is it a small or big quantity?

Small, but better than expect!
In august i expected around 5000kg and 6000kg/ha, but with the rains of beginning september, we won an unexpected quantity.

4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?

As i said, for me, it is heterogeneous. Maybe between normal and good depending the terroirs

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?

Since i started at the domaine, none!!

We went through an unusual harvest this year, full of both happiness and unfortunate events. It started on 1st September with the rosé and ended on 6th October. We finished with the Clairette Blanche, which comes in our white Cascaille blend.

There was a feeling of bitterness on one hand, due to bad climatic conditions, with the unfortunate and violent hail that occurred on 17th August 2016. It destroyed part of our harvest, which we already knew would be poor in terms of quantity due to the persistent drought. This year reminded us that our winemaker profession deeply depends on climatic conditions. We hand-picked on average 4000 kg of grapes per hectare.

However, there is still a feeling of happiness, due to the beautiful quality of the grapes we managed to harvest.  Here at Domaine Clavel, this 2016 vintage has all winemakers may hope for: perfect sanitary state of the grape due to a succession of long sunny days after the hail event, with fresh nights. Hence we got a very good balance of acidity and concentration. This will ensure wines full of promises.

 

2016 reveals a fine density, wines are very fruity as we just started the ageing process. For now, we could compare this vintage to 2001, with a beautiful, slow and full maturity.  Its freshness also points to great ageing potentials.

1) How was the harvest?
We have had a difficult year, because the spring was cold. We had frost on 27th April. A important part of our future harvest has been lost then.
Then, it rained a lot in June. Amount of diseases destroyed many grapes.
The summer was very hot and dry. So, the diseases were limited.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like?
There are a lot of fruit aromas. The wine has already a beautiful concentration and an beautiful structure.
The 2016 will have an outstanding quality, but quantity will be limited.
 
3) Is it a small or big quantity?
We did a small harvest, but, in our property, we will not lack of wine, because we have enough volume with the 2015, which will still be excellent.
The nature reminds us that it is her who decides, and we, we need to have enough volume in order to compensate climatic hazards.
Therefore, I always advocated to have a least one year in advance. Of course, this guarantee induced a supplementary cost.
One is always to eager to drink the wine too quickly.
This year, our clients will not have lack of wine, they will need to stay on the vintage 2015 a little longer. But the vintage 2015 is very good.
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
The quality is outstanding, the juices are very concentrated.
For now, the wine is in tanks and is trouble.
We have to wait for our first tastings in December.
But our PRIMEUR PRIMAE is very promising and pleased a lot to our clients
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
It is too early to answer to this question.
We have to wait a little, until the wine clears up.
We have to be not in a hurry. It is necessary to let time to the wine to be finished.

1) How was the harvest? The harvest was done in very good conditions, weather was perfect with very sunny days, and cold nights a little fog in the morning, evolution of the ripness went slowly and climat kept the grapes in nice yellow color for days.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like? Difficult to say now as it is full fermentation, alcool is fairly high as we wanted to wait for a good ripness and not harvest depending on the potential degre. But it will probably be a bright vintage very clear and precise.
 
3) Is it a small or big quantity? Pretty small –35% in average
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding? We are very happy it is very good quality of grapes.
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to? In still of grapes I would say 2012 or 2014 but with a little higher concentration.

1) How was the harvest?
 Very healthy grapes ans good maturities. Nice conditions of harvest sunny and dry.

2) What is the character of 2016 like?
 The caracter of 2016 seems to be fresh and deep, sweet tanins and fruty.

3) Is it a small or big quantity?
 The estate made a normal quantity like the 2014 and 2015.

4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
 The quality is so good for us, we can call it "good"

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
 Always dificult to compare to other vintages but we are not too fare from 2015 vintage.

Désolé mais nous ne parlons pas très bien anglais donc nous répondrons en français.
 
1) La récolte 2016 était belle.
2) Le millésime s’est fait désiré, il fallait être patient pour la maturité phénolique des raisins.
3) La récolte est très correcte
4) Je suis très heureux de la qualité : raisins sains et mûrs, la récolte est très bonne.
5) Pour le moment, les raisins sont toujours en fermentation, mais on a déjà un très joli fruit au nez et en bouche une finale très minérale : A SUIVRE !!!

It was a special year, very dry winter, autumn and summer.
We started the white with the chardonnay the 30th of august and we finished with the clairette the 27th of September.
However we harvested 90 % of the total production of the white on 2 weeks and normally we need one month and a half.
 
The end of august and the beginning of September were heater than “normally” and the maturity was faster.
 
We started the Syrah, with the first good rain,  the 14th of September during 2 days and a half  ( normally we need 4 days and an half)  and the cabernet the 19th September during 3 days and a half ( normally we need one day and a half in more) .
We had a lot of problem with the wild board! They ate about 6 tonnes of grapes .
 
However the quality was really good! 90% of the vines have about 40 years and resist very well of the dryness!
We have about 100 hl less …

1) How was the harvest?
After a very difficult beginning of season (rain and disease pressure), we had a hot and dry august, and a perfect weather during the harvest.  Very beautiful harvest, with top maturities (fruits and polyphenols).

2) What is the character of 2016 like?
Solar and concentrated on the marsannes of Saint-Péray, very good balanced on the syrahs of Cornas

3) Is it a small or big quantity?
Usual quantity on ST Péray for us (a bit under 40 hl/ha)  and very good for Cornas (42 hl/ha)

4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
Good for Saint Péray, between good and outstanding for Cornas, wait and see...

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
Not really, because of the paradox between a very difficult season and a very high level quality at the end. Too soon to talk about wines...

We started the 2016 harvest by the picking of the white grapes (viognier first), on August 31st 2016.
The red picking started on September 7th 2016 and lasted during 3 weeks.
A rain extremely beneficial of 45 mm, fallen on September 14th , allowing to releasing the phenolic maturity on our sandy soil.
The climatic conditions during harvest were really excellent, which has allowed us to have the liberty in all our picking decisions and picked our entire grape at the optimal maturity.
The sanitary conditions were excellent. The sorting of the harvest is being useless because the health of the grape.
We saw this year, a rare event with the dryness: weight and size of the grape were exceptionally low, which result a lower jus compare to the vintage 2015.
Despite the low yield, the quality of the jus was exceptional. We think that the organic cultural, the precious work of the soil and the biodynamic practical, allowed to our vines to withstand drought and reaching out to draw in the depths of the soil.
We can already say that the 2016 vintage will age well.
Wines are marked by a good concentration and a beautiful power.
Colors are exceptional.
Acidity was present, giving a wonderful wine balance.

Few words about harvest 2016:
The harvest 2016 is marked by the depth and the length of wines. It is a distinguished(thoroughbred) vintage wine(year), a great vintage with a perfect sanitary state and of very beautiful maturities.

Exceptionnal quality like 1990.

1) How was the harvest?
We started to pick the white CDR and Rosé the week from 5th to 8th September. We had a few showers on 8th-9th and 10th September. They were really benefit.
Few vineyards plot missed water in the summer but Pegau is not very concerned as we have vines on 3 types of soils situated on the East of the Appellation, in the triangle of Chateauneuf du Pape ( clay soil), Courthezon ( sandy soil) and Bederrides ( Stony soil ) .
To harvest 70ha we need one month.

2) What is the character of 2016 like?
I am traveling to sell Pegau Domaine & Château. I left home on 19th October, we pressed the must before I left and the juice was black, good acidity, high alcohol. All seems to be there

3) Is it a small or big quantity?
It was a large quantity closer to 33hl/ha before the summer. The quantity changed when the berries missed water and started to shrink. Less juice of course.
The rain was welcome.

4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
I will say between good and outstanding... Excellent.

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to
1989 mix with 2011.

1)      How was the harvest?
This vintage has been particularly late despite one of the hottest and longest summer in the area for many decades. The harverst occurred with very ripe and perfectly healthy grapes thanks to a very dry and sunny month of September. This year we have experienced no “episode cevennole” (heavy rain from September due to the temperature difference between the Mediterranean sea and the land) and we coulf really wait for the perfect maturation
 
2)      What is the character of 2016 like?
It is still hard to have a clear view of the vintage characters. Here is what we can tell so far.
We are close to 2015 power with a more pronounced Northern character
 
3)      Is it a small or big quantity?
This vintage has given both high quantity and high quality.
 
4)      Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
At this stage,we are very happy with the quality that we could call from good to outstanding depending on the districts.
 
5)      Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
It could compare to 2013 because of its late ripening but with better maturation, however the quality and profile of the vintage would be close to 2009/2010/2015 depending on the areas because it shows a lot of power at this stage.

2016 Chateauneuf du Pape, can we talk to you about vintage of the century?

The summer was hot and dry, we had very can rush, but the climate was favorable enough very hot day, but especially cool nights.

An exceptional health status, some rare case of late mildew and fourth generation to a can aggressively. Otherwise virtually no sorting and exceptional quality of the vintage.

Extraordinary amounts of anthocyanins and record and poly phenol on Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.

According to ancient vintage looks to 1990 !!! Mythical !

We will have red wine rich, colorful trim for the big guard, white and full of sweetness, and exceptional roussane clairettes.

For me one of my best vintages vinified! With good response to any type of soil, the great vintage of Grenache !!!

High power wine on the Crau, wines with great finesse and class on the sands, rich wines and sun on the southern suburbs !!! Nothing is missing.

Much qualitative homogeneity of the appellation, with a harvest volume overall pretty generous.

1) How was the harvest?

The vintage 2016 was a very dry year and we saw some stress on the grapes. We started picking in the drought but not soon after, we had some rain and managed to pick in conditions that were optimal for the grapes.We are fortunate to have our vineyards in altitude in the south of France which means we are always a little behind the usual harvest date compared to the valley. Also what helped our harvest is that we work with bio-dynamic practices. We find our vines adapt easier to extreme climates.

2) What is the character of 2016 like?

As we work with 9 white varietals and 3 reds, it is quite complicated to generalise on the character as a whole. Basically we are seeing great minerality in the cellar. And juicy fruity notes on the reds.

3) Is it a small or big quantity?

Our granitic soils are very poor. We had a dry year. Our volumes per hectare usually are on the low side but comparing to the years before we did not lose a lot due to the exteme climate.


4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?

Quality is outstanding for Le Soula in 2016. We are very happy with the grapes that came in. When you have a good grape, you can make good wine!

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?

Too early to say.


The winter of 2016 was mild with average snowfall and March/April rains that created good water reserves, ensuring the vines would have enough to last through the summer.
Bud burst began in early April, at its usual time, not early as had been happening for many years.
The entire growth cycle was problem free from a phytosanitary standpoint.
Summer was hot, but not too hot, and this meant that ripening was slow yet normal, like the great vintages of the 1980s and 90s.
Harvest began in early September and then continued with reds. Nebbiolo was the last to be harvested.
Aside from small areas where hail created problems, the 2016 vintage should be considered agriculturally and enologically fantastic.
The wines have strong color and freshness, like with the great vintages of the 1980s and 90s.
Thus 2016 has all the requirements to become one of the most important of the last twenty years.

The harvest 2016 was very nice, with wind and dry weather. The grapes were very healthy, ripe and sweet and we finished the  harvest the 13th of October so as a regular vintage.
The 2016 wines have nice color, good acidity, good structure and great elegance and potential so excellent quality.
The quantity was good.
We could compare the 2016 vintage to 2015.

The beginning of the year was not so easy. A rainy and cold spring has made the defence of the grapes from the attack of pathogens very difficult. But thanks to the warm summer weather, characterized by deep day/night temperature variations, a new great year for Triveneto (Trentino and Veneto) grapes has been just concluded.

The grape’s season started in advance, but later on, during May and June, had a sharp slowdown because of heavy springs rains. High humidity caused some late blight attacks in flat and less ventilated areas. At a later time, during July, August and September,  the temperature levels got an improvement. That was a very positive thing, especially for grapes used for the production of Amarone. We will therefore have wines of great quality and longevity, with a good acidity. We can affirm that the quality of 2016’s harvest will exceed the 2015 one.

As far as the quality of the harvest is concerned, until today no harvest could be compared to this one. Let us discover how true that is, opening one of the 2016 vintage bottles! :)

1) How was the harvest?
Harvest 2016 for our cellar, it was very good, quality and quantity special... Unfortunately is not true for all the Vulture zone, because in some area there was a hailstorms and not all the producer have worked well.


2) What is the character of 2016 like?
The season its comparable with 2010 vintage: its a fresh season, winter cold and summer with a lot wind and not too high temperature. I think the wine will be very elegant , female, with tannins, important purpose and suave. But its too early to give an accurate features.

3) Is it a small or big quantity?
For us, which we have a very low yields per plant, its a very good quantity. We have registered a +15%

4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
We are very happy, we have worked very hard during all the season in vineyards, and the results its very good and i think could become outstanding ! We need to work well in the aging.

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
2010

1) How was the harvest? We were very happy with the harvest because there was no rain and the grapes were very healthy. September and October were superb and so we could do many different micro harvests.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like? I think we are in front of a very rich vintage with plenty of tannins and great structure. Also the alcohol content is big.

3) Is it a small or big quantity? There was a lot of quantity and so we had to do many green harvest and selections.
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding? The Quality is from very good to outstanding.

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to? It recalls the 2001.

It is difficult to tell now how will be the 2016 vintage because the wines are in these days completing the alcohol fermentation. But I will try :


-          The harvest was surely good. After two difficult harvests (2014 and
2015) with rain not in the right moments and too hot in September and during the harvest, we can say that the harvest 2016 has been for us quite perfect and so we expect very good quality of the wines.


-          Also the quantity was ok with an increase of 10/15 % in the different
vineyards.


-          Character of the 2016 : the evolutions of the weather, the harvest and the
tasting we begin in the last weeks reminds me some good vintages like the 1998 or 2004.


-          White, verdicchios : we have five different
vineyards of this grape, with different exposures and different ages (from twenty to fifty five years old) . The crops of the oldest vineyards were perfect so we hope to have a very good Riserva Villa Bucci 2016.


-          Red : The Montepulciano and Sangiovese harvest was also very good I
believe that we will have very positive results for our reds Pongelli and Villa Bucci Rosso.


We will be issuing a harvest our report soon, but it still being finalized.  I will send it to you as soon as we have it.
 
In the meantime, here are a few comments:
1) How was the harvest?  Very good year for us.  Good weather with a long Summer with no heat wave, ideal for us.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like? Too early to say at this stage.
 
3) Is it a small or big quantity?  We produced our normal quantities this year, much better than 2015 where volumes were down 50%.
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?  Normal year, but our wines need time to really show their real potential, so still too early to tell.
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
 
More to follow once the harvest report is issued.


Felton Road

1) How was the harvest?

2016 Harvest in Central Otago was the 5th excellent year in a row: an unprecedented series of strong and consistent vintages. It was marked by large differences in night and day temperatures through much of the season, a factor that is part of the unique profile of Central Otago and contributes to the vibrant perfume of the region’s wines.

El Nino provided westerlies and early warmth combining with high soil-moisture to push early bud- burst and vibrant growth. Temperatures rose rapidly towards flowering with moisture-wicking wind conditions keeping growth in check. December brought extreme diurnal swings the likes of which we’re not accustomed to seeing so early in the season. Afternoon highs in the low thirties balanced by single-figures overnight. The diurnal pattern continued through January with a full 30°C swing on the 11th. February, unusually, proved to be the warmest month. Overnight temperatures averaged 12°C with scattered rain events offering some relief for desiccated soils. Veraison was early with a rapid onset but prolonged completion. Pinot Noir skins showed impressive colour and condition by the start of March. Peak temperatures dropped away as high diurnals continued, offering a balancing tension and finesse after the welcome but unusual early season warmth. Chardonnay picking began on March 22nd with the first Pinot only one day later. Harvest concluded with Riesling on April 18th.


2) What is the character of 2016 like?

The wines are still undergoing malo, so it is hard to be precise, but vibrancy, vivid perfume, and energy might be good descriptors. We will be able to give more precise assessments in a month or so as the wines finish malo.

3) Is it a small or big quantity?

After 2 smaller seasons, quantities are back to full size, but not large enough to cause any concern. Concentration is excellent.

4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?

Quality is excellent. As we have had a run of vintages of high quality and consistency since 2012 (2011 wasn’t  a problem vintage but less part of the consistent style, being rather lighter toned and more elegant), differences are a matter of tone rather than quality. Certainly these will be wines that will rank among the very best vintages we have seen to date (2016 is our 20th vintage).

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?

Possibly 2014 might be the best comparison. Maybe 2012, might be another, but we’ll need to see the subtlety in the wines first to judge.

1) How was the harvest? Very good harvest particulary for Chardonnay with lovely ripeness abd silky texture.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like? Supple and delicious.
 
3) Is it a small or big quantity? Good quantities vintage which mad uo for the tiny vintage in 2015.
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding? Happy with the quality, very good vinitage.
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to? Similar to 2012 but probably a bit better.


Lesebeginn
12. September| 09:00

Wunderbares sonniges und warmes Wetter lässt die Reifeentwicklung der Trauben explodieren. Ab sofort sind alle verfügbaren Hände der Weinlese gewidmet. Für die Trauben des Sektgrundweins sind momentan die Bedingungen ideal: Der in den Trauben enthaltene Zucker ist niedrig genug, um leichte und frische Sektgrundweine zu ermöglichen. Die Beerenhaut ist knackig und noch gesund, die Säure sehr, sehr frisch, aber nicht mehr aggressiv.

Wir beginnen mit St. Laurent, gefolgt von Zweigelt und Pinot Noir für Brut Rosé, danach Weißburgunder und Chardonnay für unseren Brut.  Einige Tage später werden die etwas reiferen Trauben geerntet, die zuletzt für den Extra Brut verwendet werden.  Extra Brut besteht aus denselben Trauben wie Brut, die Trauben sind eine Spur reifer, er darf etwas gehaltvoller sein, allerdings nie schwer.

Die Wettervorhersage lacht uns entgegen, die Stimmung ist gut und die jungen Praktikanten aus den verschiedensten Gegenden der Welt sind auch schon eingetroffen und freuen sich auf die neue Ernte!

 

Auf zur Hauptlese
3. Oktober| 09:00

Was für ein wunderbarer September: 237 Sonnenstunden (statt langjährig 163), die Temperatur um 3°C höher, Regenfälle um 17 mm niedriger … eine wirklich gute Entschädigung für den regnerischen Sommer! Wunderbares Lesewetter und eine enorme Beschleunigung der Traubenreifung!

Mit allen verfügbaren Händen wurde bereits der gesamte Sektgrundwein eingebracht, ein großer Teil vom Zweigelt Rosé, leichter Grüner Veltliner und herrlicher Pinot Noir! Sofern das Wetter trocken bleibt, wird demnächst Grau- und Weißburgunder im Langenloiser Spiegel geerntet.

Die Handlese 2016 ist sehr arbeitsaufwändig, es genügt nicht, einfach die Weintrauben abzuschneiden. Jede Traube wird in die Hand genommen, dann „ausgeputzt“, danach gewendet, nochmals geputzt und dann ins Weinlesekistchen gelegt. Das Ergebnis sind Trauben mit feinen, reifen und gesunden Traubenbestandteilen, erkrankte oder geschrumpfte Beeren kommen zurück auf den Boden. Die bisher vom Jahrgang 2016 geernteten Trauben zeichnen sich durch sehr feinen Fruchtgeschmack aus, der einen tollen Wein verspricht!

 

Viel Licht und wenig Schatten
18. Oktober| 09:00

Nach dem supersonnigen und warmen September folgte Anfang Oktober eine kühlere Woche mit abwechselnd trockenen und feuchten Phasen.
Lesen im Stopp & Go Modus war angesagt. Letzten Mittwoch mussten wir sogar eine längere Regen-Pause einlegen. Das für uns günstigere kühle Wetter verhinderte ein schnelles Ausbreiten der Botrytis.

Dann kam das Schönwetter zurück! Dieses Wochenende war traumhaft: Sonne, Wind und Wärme ließen die Trauben am Morgen rasch vom Tau abtrocknen und die Reife schnellte noch einmal in die Höhe. Mittlerweile konnten wir den gesamten Zweigelt einbringen. Pinot Gris vom Spiegel war schon sehr reif und verlangte eine besonders sorgfältige Auslese, mit dem erfreulich gesunden und etwas frischeren Weißburgunder in seiner Nachbarschaft wird er auch für 2016 eine perfekte „Cuvée Spiegel“ ergeben.

Im Keller sind wir insgesamt alle sehr positiv gestimmt – das Team ist eifrig mit dem „Umziehen bzw. Untertauchen“ der roten Trauben (Zweigelt, Pinot Noir) beschäftigt, einige Chardonnays, die spontan in Burgunderfässern gären, machen bereits richtig Freude; und die ersten Rieslinge und Grüner Veltliner für die leichtesten Qualitäten sind im Begriff ihre Gärung zu vollenden.

Wieder scheint der Jahrgang 2016 ein ganz eigenes Profil zu entwickeln, und wir sind sehr gespannt auf die ersten Jungweine!

 

Kein Wochenende, weil Sonnenschein!
28. Oktober| 08:00

Aus dem Wochenende à la „Comedian Harmonists“ wird wohl wieder nichts! Ein weiteres intensives „Lese-Weekend“ steht an! Ob es das letzte dieser Saison sein wird, ist ungewiss. Während bislang mitten in der Woche kühle, feuchte Strömungen die Lese verzögerten, zeigten sich die Wochenenden und auch der Nationalfeiertag durchwegs ideal, kühl & trocken oder sonnig, mild und windig. Unser Weingarten- und Keller-Team zeigt erneut bewundernswertes Durchhaltevermögen: Wie nur leicht angeschlagene Boxer stehen sie nach der X-ten Lese Runde beim Kaffee in der wärmenden Jausenstube und tüfteln am Leseplan. Der sieht nämlich eine lange Zeit einem „Fleckerlteppich“ nicht unähnlich. Und weil wir schon bei der Schlager-Metaphorik sind: Wer sich noch an den Song der Beatles „Eight Days a week“ erinnert, der bringt‘s auch auf den Punkt. – Die Hauptlese ist eben heuer unglaublich intensiv, da bestimmt die Witterung die Pausen und nicht der Kalender.

Seit einigen Tagen sind wir mit allen Kräften auf unsere „Ersten Lagen“ konzentriert: Berg Vogelsang, Loiser Berg und Spiegel Grau- und Weissburgunder  sind eingebracht (Vincent’s Spiegel muss noch warten), auch Teile des Steinmassel und des Heiligenstein können noch etwas zuwarten. Derzeit sind wir auch bereits in der Ried Lamm unterwegs. 2015 hat gezeigt, dass ab einer perfekten, physiologischen Reife ein früherer Lesezeitpunkt in manchen Jahren angemessen ist, wenn man „große“ Weine nicht unbedingt mit Kyklopen gleichsetzt.

Das Wetter sollte halten. Da die meisten Winzer ihre Ernte bereits beendet haben, konnten wir unsere Lesegruppen verstärken – So früh wie 2015 werden wir trotzdem nicht beim Leseabschlussessen beisammensitzen.

 

Endspurt
4. November 2016| 08:00

Bis auf wenige Parzellen ist es geschafft und Sorgfalt und Ausdauer werden sich wieder einmal als der für uns richtige Weg erweisen:
Aus den Rieden Steinmassel, Lamm, Spiegel, Heiligenstein & Co sind hervorragende Qualitäten eingebracht worden.
Die Mengen sind durchwachsen. Lamm z.B. benötigte eine akribische Selektion, um die Erwartungen an höchste Güte voll zu erfüllen.
Das geht natürlich zu Lasten des Ertrags.

Spiegel und Sponti

Bemerkenswert, wie gehaltvoll die Trauben trotz nicht übermäßiger Zuckerwerte sind, ein Vorteil des doch feuchteren Jahres, das die Nährstoffe im Boden für die Rebe verfügbar hielt. Das macht auch Lust, mehr Fässer als üblich spontan vergären zu lassen und in weniger Fällen auf unsere eigene selektionierte Hefe vom Heiligenstein zurückzugreifen. Das gilt auch für Vincents Spiegel, der im Keller bereits ganz spontan seine Gärung begonnen hat. Gezeigt hatte sich diese „Gärfreude“ bereits zuvor bei den Burgundersorten,  die Fässchen Grauburgunder vom Spiegel, zum Beispiel, machen wirklich Freude.

Ein Dauerlauf um beste Trauben

Einfach herrliche Trauben lieferte zuletzt nach mehrmaliger Vorselektion auch der Käferberg: blitzsauber, vollreif aber nicht überreif.
Aromatisch und reich an Extrakt, hier dürfen wir auf einen eleganten, enorm dichten aber nicht zu protzigen, sortentypischen Veltliner hoffen.
Das war vielleicht nicht die längste Hauptlese aber sicher seit Jahrzehnten die intensivste, vor allem was die Lese - quasi im Schichtbetrieb - betraf.

Süßes (Wochen-) Ende

Ein paar kleine Weingärten Riesling und Muskateller sind noch nicht geerntet. Dort sind die Beeren gleichmäßig leicht überreif und es besteht die Chance auf tatsächlich feinste Süßweine – wenn das Wetter und vor allem die Natur mitspielt. Denn Rehe und Vögel wie so mancher Wanderer lassen unsere Hoffnungen täglich schwinden!

Wie Marathonläufer über die Ziellinie, so retten wir uns ins höchst verdiente Wochenende – ausrasten, Kraft tanken, während der Wein im Keller unter steter Aufsicht, aber in aller Ruhe, gedeihen möge!

1) How was the harvest?
It was the smallest harvest ever of the history in Weingut Tement. The big frost and the hail let the quantity decrease to 20%. But in fact of this great September we could harvest by hand fantastic quality. It is on the same level of 2015.

2) What is the character of 2016 like?
2016 is pure, earthy, elegant with an very vibrant acidity. The minerality of the origin is in a great shape und the wines are very long with low alcohol contents.

3) Is it a small or big quantity?
Just 20% of normal harvest.

4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
Outstanding.

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
2016 has the purity of 2013 and the spices of 2015. PERFECT MATCH! ;-)

1) How was the harvest?
An early start with very good harvest conditions, sunny days and cool nights dowon to 3 degrees C.

2) What is the character of 2016 like?
We have quite a lot of fresh fruits and good concentration, like 2011.

3) Is it a small or big quantity?
Because of spring frost and meldow during the growing season we have just 40 % of a average harvest.

4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
The quality is probably better than the great year 2015, I´m very imperessed

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
It is like 2011, great!


1) How was the harvest?

Ende gut, alles Gut. Konnten einen tollen Jahrgang Einkelltern.
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like?

Weissweine sehr Fruchtig, viel Fruchtextrakt, Abgang leichte Herbe, Mineralisch.
Rotweine, Pinot noir, mittlere Farbdichte, sehr komplex, ausdruckstark.
 
3) Is it a small or big quantity?

Durchschnittliche über die letzten 10 Jahre.
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?

Sehr gute Qualität für so ein schwieriges Jahr 2016. Das gute Laubmanagement hat uns über den Herbst gebracht.
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?

Nein, 2016 steht für sich alleine da.


1) How was the harvest?
Very low rainfall with a long and dry summer, so the harvest was delayed 1-2 weeks depending on the vineyard. Grapes had a very long window ripening, so we could choose between many ripening possibilities, which have developed very different fermentations (this will translate into complex and rounded wines this year)
 
2) What is the character of 2016 like?
2016 is going to be a very good ripening harvest, with creamy and flavourful wines, rich and complex.


3) Is it a small or big quantity?
Is it an average harvest.


4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
I am very happy, from good to outstanding.


5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
It is similar (but not much) to the 2001 harvest.

1) How was the harvest?
Was diferent every harvest are diferent but we are very happy with the quality.

2) What is the character of 2016 like?
2006 was avery dry year with perhaps half rain than an usual year in Mallorca, for this reason the viticulture concept become very important, when these circunstances happen.

3) Is it a small or big quantity?
For us the quantity was regular, perhaps a little more than 2014.

4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
In this moment, the wines are in malolactic fermentation procces, we are very happy, and we are thinking in a very good vintage.

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
Is difficult to compare and is to early.

 

Our philosophy is look for a natural wine between scientific procedures, strong balances and rich bacterial activity in the soil and looking for the capacity of the plants, with several regulations depending of the weader of the year.
The second point is an extreme selecction of the grape, with manual selection and with optical selection after. These are the for us the big question. After that all the interventions on the wine are in order to protect the caracteristic of the relation between the plant the soil and the weather, but never to dessign a diferent balaceb in the enologic season.

HARVEST, 2016


As ancient people use to say, the 2016’s vintage is ‘for being marked in a calendar’. Not only for the extraordinary quality and health of the grape we had in Samaniego, but for the quantity both in young and the usually less productive old vineyards.
Once again, the good management of the vineyard during the summer in our plots - with interior leafets and green harvesting - has meant an important qualitative differential reaching optimum ripening levels.
In terms of climatology, we had a cool winter and spring with good rainfall, followed by an irregular summer in temperatures and very dry: the month of July quite cold and hot August and September. Total absence of precipitation during the summer, which did not appear until mid-September, greatly favoring the final maturation of the grapes, as the vineyard began to suffer a very important water stress that was provoking, among the vine growers, important fears about the final quality of the vintage.

A dry year, with annual precipitation around 410 liters, with in uence of the north wind and an annual average temperature below previous years, had favored a very complete and balanced ripening of all our grape varieties. Also the weather during the harvest and during the final phase of maturation of the red grapes (October), has been exceptional. Sunny days, northern wind and very cold nights (some near the 2 degrees) have made easier the work of collection and the later elaboration in the winery.
We started on September 27th, picking up the viura and the malvasia among the oldest and south faced vineyards, with extraordinary health and good ripening parameters. With good load of sugar that will produce wines with near 13% of alcohol content, well balanced acidity and liveliness and a great aromatic intensity that perfumed the cellar during the fermentation process.

On October 5th, we began collecting the red grapes in the lowest areas, rising progressively towards the highest areas of the town whose harvest ended on October 26. It has been a vintage planned on the basis of continuous controls of maturation carried out plot by plot in all our vineyards, picking the grapes at their optimum maturation time - all of them, this year, with an outstanding health.
Appreciating also a very thick and smooth skin, with very good maturity, which favored the extraction of anthocyanins in very early stages of fermentation. With a very suitable alcohol content, although slightly lower than previous years, and a very good acidity intensity. Now we have the wines performing the malolactic fermentation, where it will finish unfolding the good amount of malic that the wines have.

We have begun to run off some red wines, highlighting a high fruit intensity, good structure, intense colors and an alcoholic content of 0.3% below previous years.

1)      How was the harvest?
It has been a very special harvest. We are very delighted, quality and quantity were outsatnding.
 
2)      What is the character of 2016 like?
Few harvests had such a high level in terms of quality and quantity, which made it so special for us. We need to wait how the wines improve, but so far we can see wines with good color, well-structed, with a great acidity, very good tannins and alcohol. Above all, very good balance, rich fruit aromas and a great complexity.
 
3)      Is it a small or big quantity?
As mentioned above quantity was big.
 
4)      Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
We are very delighted with the quality, it has been outsanding.
 
5)      Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
It is not easy to answer. In vintages 2010 and 2004 quantity was big too. We believe that vintage 2016 is going to be even greater than past vintages.

2016 – Ein Jahr der Extreme

 

Ein milder Winter, dagegen aber ein kühles Frühjahr mit sehr viel Regen. Die extremen Schwankungen zwischen Sonnenschein und Regen machten es den Reben und uns im April, Mai und Juni nicht leicht. Viele Winzer in unserer Gegend verloren bereits in dieser frühen Wachstumsphase einen großen Teil ihrer Trauben. Durch unseren unermüdlichen Einsatz in den Weinbergen, einem konsequenten Blattmanagement und durch unsere Philosophie des geringen Rebanschnitts (wir arbeiten mit Erträgen von ca. 4000kg/ha), überstanden die Trauben auch das gut.
 
Aber dann kam ein so unerwartet heißer Sommer, noch viel intensiver als 2015. Normalerweise regnet es in der Atlantikregion Galicien auch in den Sommermonaten regelmäßig, dieses Jahr hatten wir dann aber über 2 Monate gar keinen Regen. Wir waren besorgt, denn die ca. 10 Jahre alten Rebanlagen litten etwas unter den extremen Bedingungen, die Junganlagen mussten wir sogar Rebe für Rebe von Hand gießen. Die alten Rebstöcke über 20 Jahre haben durch ihre tiefgründigen Wurzeln alles relativ gut und ohne Stress überstanden. Die ausgeprägte Humusschicht auf mächtigen verwitterten Granitschichten, teilweise schon kaolinisiert, hat durch ihr sehr gutes Wasserspeichervermögen unseren Reben sehr geholfen.
Aber irgendwann kam dann auch der ersehnte Niederschlag… So war das Element Wasser dieses Jahr ein ständiges Thema.
Schon wie im letzten Jahr war dann aber schlussendlich auch diese Weinlese 2016 – eine Bilderbuchweinlese.

Begonnen haben wir am 09. September in den frühen Morgenstunden mit der Lese unserer „deutschen“ Rebsorten (aus der Familie des Riesling und des Cabernet Sauvignon).
Die atlantische Kühle in der Nacht kommt uns immer sehr zugute, um kühles Traubenmaterial in den Keller zu bringen. Das besondere Mikroklima im Tal von O Rosal, geschützt von den umliegenden Bergen, aber nur 2km vom Atlantik entfernt, erzeugt niedrige Temperaturen in der Nacht und die notwendige Hitze während des Tages.
Dank des trockenen Wetters konnten wir uns dieses Jahr mit der Weinlese Zeit lassen, es war deshalb viel entspannter als in manchen vergangen Jahren.
     
Am 18. September begannen wir unsere Weißweinlese der Rebsorten Albariño, Loureiro und Treixadura.
   
Diese Rebsorten benötigen besondere Lagen, um die typischen Aromen und eine Säureharmonie zu erreichen. Der Einfluss der Böden und des Atlantiks bringt auch 2016 besondere Weißweine  hervor.

Abgeschlossen haben wir am 27. September mit der Lese des Castañals. Das Tal von O Rosal war schon in den letzten Jahrhunderten bekannt für seine Rotweine. Vor allem die fast ausgestorbene Rebsorte Castañal ist eine Besonderheit. Er gilt hier als der „König“ der Rotweinsorten. Auf diese alte, autochthone Rebsorte bauen wir, er ist die Basis unserer besonderen, atlantischen Rotweine.

Durch gezielte Lesegänge mit selektierter Handlese konnten wir gesunde und reife Trauben ernten, die wirklich alle Erwartungen übertroffen haben.
Trotz, oder vielleicht gerade aufgrund der extremen Wetterverhältnisse reifen jetzt in unserem Keller Weine mit relativ hohen Alkoholgehalten, unheimlich vielfältigen Aromen und einer harmonischen Säure.

Nach all den Anstrengungen und den ersten Verkostungen glauben wir:
2016 wird ein großer Jahrgang!


1) How was the harvest?

The 2016 harvest came on the back of one of the driest season in almost a 100 years and most of the resource in water was completely depleted in the Swartland. In other regions to the South they had some rain from the south winds but in the Swartland all rain co-inside with North Westerly Wind Movement. It got extremely dry by ripening and the vines were for sure under major pressure. We opted to reduce our yields significantly and where we normally work on 25 Hl / ha this year we went down to 18 Hl/ha which is incredibly low as 25 is already just over 3 tons to the hectare.
There was one aspect of the vintage that obviously was the last in the tilt of quality and that was the actual temperatures during the growing season. The heat waves luckily came late and if they would have came in early it would have been the straw that broke the camels back but they came late and did not reach ridiculous temperatures but the did linger on and deplete even more resource but not as badly as have been recorded in the past. The two aspects could have lead to disaster.
Most of the vineyards we opted to pick earlier than usual on average as we did not want to stress the vines any further at the cost of loss of acidity and freshness.
It is the kind of harvest that one hope only comes around once in a lifetime and it does push all aspects to the extreme and one that we hope do not repeat itself. It was not all doom and gloom, the fruit had incredible flavour but the acidity and consistency of the fruit was the bigger challenge.
The biggest issue it is fine to have had one of these conditions of drought but all reserves are depleted and the next season is actually of a greater worry as these effects compound over time.

Whites 2016
The whites grapes traditionally are harvested earlier and this was a good aspect as it was all a race to try and get the maximum volume of maturity without the the loss of too much acidity and actual fruit condition. On average all of the whites came in with 0.5% alcohol lower than usual and they had incredible flavour. The fermentations did take much longer to complete as the nutritional status of the grapes were as well lower on the account of the drought but they do show very well considering the difficult year that was experienced in the vineyards.
The texture and the volume is actually better than expected as well and we have recently tasted through the cellar and it is for sure that the whites on average did manage to get through the harvest with the better result.

Reds 2016
The reds being the vineyards that often ripen were much more effected by the drought and even two week sof later picking did effect the actual physical and chemical composition of the grapes to a great extend. And this is just a matter of 2 weeks later but it is two weeks in which much happened in terms of the climate.
The reds fermented quite well and actually completed malolactic fermentation prior to the completion of alcoholic fermentation. The wines are very lightly structured and will actually be approachable sooner than the usual and they are in some ways pretty wines that will be better in time for earlier consumption. They will not have the legs of for example the 2014 wines but they will be of good quality and have on general a friendly approach. The fruit is bright. We sorted out much more grapes in the selection proces and where we discard normally say 5% of the grape weight this year on the reds we sorted out 10% due to sunburn and dehydration, showing the effects of the drought.
We are happy with the reds and might bottle them two months earlier than out average over the past 18 years just to try and capture the freshness and vitality of the wines.


2) What is the character of 2016 like?
 
3) Is it a small or big quantity?

We were 35% down on the crop.
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?

GOOD.
 
5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?

2001 & 2003.


1) How was the harvest?
We were coming from a late budbreak, and late flowering. Due to the quite rainy and warm summer both powdery and later downy mildew pressure was high – therefore protecting the grapes was a tough job in 2016.
The harvest started late, after 10. September in southern Hungary. A mellow, dry September and beginning of October brought good ripening throughout Kadarka in the beginning – then Kékfrankos – then Merlot and Tannat, and at last, Cabernet Franc and Sagrantino.
 

2) What is the character of 2016 like?
The grapes were picked with reasonable sugar levels, and, more importantly, very tasty. Acidity values (malic acid especially) was high in September, medium in October. All in all it tastes like a very balanced and not too opulent, too overripe character.

3) Is it a small or big quantity?
2016 brought a medium-big yield, on average 4-8 t/ha.
 
4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
We are very happy with the qualities, ranging from good to some outstanding.

5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
2008 (although then, we had severe losses due to hail), 2013.


1) How was the harvest?
[L'Aventure] So far, after 2015 which was a very small and special vintage, 2016 was a very early vintage and we had hot weather during all of the harvest, meaning that we harvested every day for at least a month with no break trying to catch the perfect maturation, escaping from the trap to pick the fruit too ripe.


2) What is the character of 2016 like?
[L'Aventure] It’s still a little bit early to have an idea because I need to make a break after having tasting every tank every two days, but… so far it looks like, and I love it because its rare, most of the Syrah has a lot of spiciness. They are big but with a great balance because the fruit was superb, I was able for some blocks to add some stems which maybe explains spiciness. I have already done that in the past but it’s not systematical and it worked very well in 2016. The Cabernet is amazing, unfortunately a very very small crop. Grenache and Mourvèdre are super good.


3) Is it a small or big quantity?
[L'Aventure] For me, even though my nickname is Mr. Low Yield, I would put 2016 more in that category, not huge but big quantity (roughly 7,500 case for 25hl) only the Cab was very small, like I said.


4) Are you happy with the quality? Would you call it poor, normal, good or outstanding?
[L'Aventure] Sorry, but outstanding. And I’m not a Bordeaux guy anymore. :) Thank you, California.


5) Is there a vintage you could compare 2016 to?
[L'Aventure] again, it is a little bit early to answer this question because nothing is blended, I am just finishing the malolactic fermentation but my first impression would be to say that’s it’s kind of unique vintage because on one hand it is big ripe and silky, but on the other hand we have some characteristic more, late harvests meaning spiciness and elegance.
 
Wait and see but I am kind of very happy and confident!