The warmer climate has had a major impact on wine production in Germany. All grape varieties are now able to ripen to full maturity allowing growers to make a range of ripe-tasting wines with acidities that are now within limits of human tolerance!
Though riesling is still the number one for white wines, I’m keen to explore other avenues. These last vintages, I’ve been hugely impressed by the quality of pinot blanc and pinot gris, or to give them their German names, weissburgunder and grauburgunder. Hot summers as in 2018 and 2019 have allowed grapes to be picked a little earlier and the wines have an attractive freshness as a result.
I am looking forward to tasting pinot noir from von Kesselstatt, a producer with a long and distinguished association with The Society and now beginning to make stunningly good dry wines. The pinot venture will be new to the 2019 vintage. Watch this space!
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