Germany - 2009
The key to the magical success of the 2009 vintage in Germany was fine, sunny weather from late August and throughout September and October allowing a later harvest. Riesling delivers its most complex wines when the maturation process is slow and steady, the temperatures not too high and when the grapes are not diluted by rain. Leading estates took full advantage of these conditions in 2009 to make beautiful wines of Kabinett and Spätlese quality. Quantity was about 10% less than 2008, adding to the depth of flavour.
There was very little noble rot and the wines are engaging and delightful, full of the unique character that sets great vineyards apart. Most will keep 10 to 20 years in good cool cellarage gaining complexity, though they are delicious young.
Sebastian Payne MW