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THE EXCEPTIONAL VINTAGE 2015

Summary reports of the MO-RHE-NA Group

Another great vintage of German RIESLING and PINOT NOIR will be waiting for you to be marketed at very reasonable prices.
Thank you for your loyal cooperation and receive my best wishes for a successful year 2016.


Patrick Langguth, G.M. of the MO-RHE-NA Company.

 

The MOSEL wine estate ULRICH LANGGUTH reports:

After a winter with sufficient rain the budding of Riesling vines took place around April 20. As the frost period passed by during the weeks before, the buds were not hurt. The flowering period early June was perfect and caused hope for a good vintage. The rest of June and the entire month of July right into August saw only sunshine with temperatures up to almost 40° C. In the beginning of August we started worrying about the lack of rain but the same finally relieved us by August 20 just in time to fill the grapes. It was rather surprising not to find any fatigue of the vines in spite of the long and intensive dry period. Even the young plantations continued to grow. It was amazing that the roots of the vines still found moisture deep in the ground. By end of August we could foresee that the harvest would start early. The early grapes such as Müller-Thurgau or Reichensteiner were picked by mid September and offered already good qualities. The speed in which the Riesling grapes took on sugar amazed us. Please remember that we started picking our grapes in the seventies and eighties not before November 1. This time the Riesling harvest started on October 6 with – lucky we were – only one day of rain followed by a dry period of 3 weeks. The grapes were healthy and abundant, the quantity yielded was not quite as we hoped for, but the quality turned out to be above average with a very elegant, satisfying wine acidity. Only one day the sugar reading fell below Spätlese level. All our grapes were hand-picked and due to this special selection in all our vineyards we were able to produce great Auslese qualities. Unlike the year before the must of the vintage 2015 took weeks to ferment and only started to show its excellent quality by end of December. We shall leave the wines on yeast for at least another 2 months allowing them to get more depth before we start bottling in April or May.

Our success this year

2014 Piesporter Günterslay Riesling Kabinett –

         received 91 points by the WINE ENTHUSIAST

2014 Riesling Renaissance ( Hochgewächs)  off-dry  -

         received 1 GOLD medal at the CWSA Hong Kong competition
         and 1 GOLD medal a the SAKURA wine wine competition in Toyko

 

                                             

                                                 

                                                                                                     

 

The MOSEL wine estate LOSEN-BOCKSTANZ reports:

The harvest started by September 28 and finished by October 29. Due to very favourable weather conditions there was no time pressure during harvest unlike 2014 when the constant rain threatened to ruin the grapes. The Pinot grapes such as Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc reached Oechsle degrees of up to 80°, Riesling grapes showed very mature Oechsle degrees of between 80° and 105° allowing us to produce everything from Quality Wine up to Auslese qualities. These wines will show a very elegant and soft wine acidity. We neither need to decrease the same nor do we ever add acidity to our Riesling wines. We left about 3000 square meter of vineyard in the hope that we could produce some icewine. Temperatures only sank below - 7° C on January 18/19. The constant rainy period in December and until January 15 ruined the condition of the grapes left in the vineyards to such an extent that we decided not to harvest these grapes anymore.

The organic RHEINGAU wine estate HANS LANG ( VDP) reports:

The wine year 2015 produced extreme weather condition. The early budding and the perfect flowering conditions proved to be positive as we could enjoy a longer ripening period. However, the extreme dryness with – for our area – high temperatures caused reason to worry as we were afraid that the grapes would not grow as usual. In August we lacked the amount of rain which we usually have within 3 months. The continuing dryness, however protected us from diseases like Peronospora. We were also fortunate enough not to be attacked by the Asian fruit fly like in 2014 which ruined so many grapes. The rain in mid-September also did not hurt the skin of the Riesling grapes and delayed the ripening only for a few days. Our perfect harvesting team managed to collect all grapes within 3 weeks due to excellent, dry weather conditions. The Oechsle results showed degrees between 90- 100° and the acidity – although still being relatively high - showed a great percentage of a mature wine acidity which will be moderate in taste and a guarantee of a long life. Finally on January 28 (!!) we were able to pick grapes for icewine. The quantity was small with 150 Liters which may give the maximum of 400 x 375ml bottles. The Oechsle degree reached 150°. Overall we shall consider the vintage 2015 in both white and red wines of high quality with lots of fruit and depth.

The FRANKEN wine estate BRENNFLECK reports:

The year 2015 was influenced by extreme temperatures and dryness. Our little town of Kitzingen experienced the highest temperatures ever recorded in the whole of Germany. Lucky we were that we did not have any hail in our region. The rain in September came just in time. With an average yield of 75 hectoliter per hectare we produced qualities only in the upper Prädikat (QmP) level. We look forward to enjoying an excellent vintage 2015 with full bodied wines showing a higher alcohol level than usual . We shall leave these wines on yeast for a long time.

The BERGSTRÄSSER WINZER from the HESSISCHE BERGSTRASSE reports:

We are in the wine region of Hessen with 265 hectares the largest wine producers and we look upon the result of the vintage 2015 with pride. The quality was extraordinary although we were missing the expected quantity due to the dryness in August. We did not experience such a quality vintage within 60 years and this vintage 2015 will beat vintages such as 2009, 2003, 1976 and even the legendary vintage 1959. We harvested healthy white grapes at an average Oechsle degree of 91,1° which proved to be a record for our area. The Pinot Noir grapes even reached 98,8° Oechsle. The highest result was measured with a TBA from Pinot Blanc grapes with 198° Oechsle. All these wines will show full aroma and we expect great white wines which let us forget that the yield turned out to be 10% less than on average in the last years.

The SACHSEN wine estate SCHLOSS PROSCHWITZ (VDP) reports:

Temperatures during winter 2014/2015 were relatively mild and produced no damaging winter frost. Fortunately enough we also avoided any frost damage in March. Our loam soil managed to store so much moisture that we survived the extreme dryness during July and August without damage. The much expected rain came late August and was so abundant that the early grapes of Frühburgunder had to to be picked immediately. The main harvest started on September 1 with good qualities and slightly higher yields than in 2014. The grapes were healthy, botrytis caused no problem during this harvest. The results of the grape varietal SCHEUREBE and TRAMINER surprised us as well as the Burgundy varietals which show a lot of extract and fruit.

The PFALZ wine estate ANSELMANN reports:

The year 2015 presented us with an exceptional vintage, probably one of the best vintages in our wine history. The climate turned out to be the warmest ever recorded in the last decades.The 2015 wines are harmonious with a mild acidity. Especially the late ripening Riesling profited from the excellent climate and produced wines of high quality and harmony. Vines like Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Auxerrois beat almost all results of the past years.We produced outstanding BA’s and TBA’s from Huxel and Ortega as well as Gewürztraminer vines.The red varietals, such as Pinot Noir and Frühburgunder as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc show a great color and depth. The average yield was a bit disappointing but this was balanced by the exquisite quality of this vintage. Unfortunately we could not produce any EISWEIN as the frost came too late in January and the quantity of grapes reserved for icewine purposes suffered too much during a warm and rainy month of December. Consequently the condition of the grapes did not correspond with the new regulation for the production of icewine (Eiswein) effective since 2013.

Where and when can you meet Patrick Langguth next?

Should you visit  PROWEIN, (March 3 - 15, 2016 )

pls. visit him in        Hall 14 at our booth E 95


The show lasts only for 3 days.
Due to the shortage of time it is vital to reserve day and time for a meeting in advance. (info@mo-rhe-na.com)


He will also visit CHENGDU / China fair from March 21-25,  2016


as well as FHA Food&Hotel Asia, Singapur, April 12 -14, 2016 (German Sector).
Please contact him to arrange the time for a meeting.

 

Finally, you will find him at our MO-RHE-NA booth  at VINEXPO/Asia, May 24-26, 2016 in Hong Kong