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VINTAGE 2013 - A long and cold winter with a lot of precipitation was a relief for the vineyards. A warm and dry May was pushing the vines forward, but the vineyards were still behind in the development. A cold and wet period in the beginning of June slowed down the development again, but during the flowering in the third week of June we had a very hot condition, which was leading to problems in the pollination of the berries. Sun and hot conditions in July and August summed up to TOP 5 in the last century. Terraces and young vineyards were suffering under these conditions.
Harvest started in the beginning of September with the grapes for our Brut Reserve (brilliant acidity …). An early autumn frost on 8th of October caused troubles as we just had started to pick the grapes for St. Laurent, so beside the reds we had to start to pick the grapes from the lower vineyards, which were affected by the frost. Then we had a period in Stop and GO modus – Sun and rain were alternating – but for god’s sake it was cool so we had not too much trouble with botrytis. At the end we could bring in the grapes for the ‘Erste Lage’ vineyards under picturesque conditions (I made some really nice pictures this year) Last harvest day was the 12th of November.