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Harvest Report 2014

Growing Season: Caused by the cold winter, leaf flushing started in the beginning of April. On April 7th, the earliest sprouting was registered in the phenological series, which dates back to 1955. An early sprouting is not without problems, because it extends the period of the late frost risk. In fact, on the 16th and 17th of April, there were two nights of critical temperatures that were only survived with a "black eye" - meaning slight frost damage.

After the first months of the year were always too warm and too dry by mid-April, the May was a bit too cool. Between budding and flowering, the weather was "mixed". Nevertheless, the flowering was about 12 days earlier than the long-term average. The warm and dry flowering weather resulted in a good fruit set.

In June, the soil was still dry, the water deficit was at the end of June in Geisenheim at 85 mm - equivalent to the rainfall of almost two months! Afterwards, July and August were much too wet. From a deficit of 85 mm on 5 July, a surplus of 80 mm was reached by mid-September. In July and August, it rained twice to three times the normal monthly sums. The wet soils caused the berries to absorb more water, resulting in bursting of compact grapes and squeezing.

After a warm September, the wet weekend from the 20th to 21st made for a further aggravation of the situation. The increased rottenness due to the high temperatures forced a quick harvest. Only where intensive negative selection was used, there were opportunities for top products. This was accompanied by sometimes extreme crop losses. The beginning of the main harvest around the 25th of September was around 16 days ahead of the long-term average (1981 to 2010).

The preselections in the vineyards started on September 22th, the main reading was started on September 25th and ended after 17 reading days on October 14th.

In the steep slopes of the Rüdesheimer Berg, we were able to achieve healthy grapes for high quality wines through extreme selection. Also on the winning side are the Rothenberg and Kläuserweg. Here we were able to harvest healthy grapes between 90 ° and 94 ° Oe.

Even if it does not look very rosy with some wine in quantity, we can represent the entire program due to the work of many hands. True to the motto of Julius Wegeler "Quality is our philosophy", the young wines show enormous race and fruit.

After completion of the main harvest, we dealt with the noble sweet wines. In days of work, we were able to harvest a fine selection with over 130 ° Oe and two Trockenbeerenauslese with 176 ° and 200 ° Oe with acids of 11.5 to 13 g / l.

Must Weights: 72° Oechsle – 200° Oechsle

Acid Content: 7,5 - 13,0 g/l

Duration of Grape Harvest: September 25th - October 14th 2014

Conclusion: Caused by the cold winter, leaf flushing started in the beginning of April. Two weeks earlier than the long-standing average. A chilly June, warmth from July to September and a cold, humid October followed by dryness with deep temperatures permitted harvesting till the end of October. The result are very expressive, full bodied wines with an ingenious acid play and a long finish.

 

 

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