2013 - nerve-wracking with a good end

In 2013, the growing season was marked by many delays. The winter was very long; the spring felt like winter until well into May, as it was gray and cold for a long time. Spring was also characterized by above-average precipitation. 

The budbreak for Riesling was delayed until the last part of April, depending on the geographical location of the vineyard parcels on the Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer. 

Against this backdrop, the flowering began only at the end of June (in 2003, partly as early as the end of May) and went deep into July and was up to three weeks after the long-term average of the last 30 years—very unusual and rather like a few years in the 1950s and 1960s. 

The wet, cool, and dark weather around the end of June in our vineyards, with significant millerandage—the development of uneven-sized berries from the poor flowering, also known as shot berries—most likely will have an impact on the size of the harvest. Unlike in previous years, Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier and Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium were less affected by the storms with heavy rain in 2013—only in the Ruwer, where we had to accept considerable losses and damage to about 3.5 hectares from a hailstorm.

 Because of the extremely favorable weather with lots of sun and warmth in July and August, as well as sufficient moisture in the soil, the vines—especially Riesling—could close the gap in the vegetation cycle.

In the last two weeks of August, water was in part scarce. In September, the water reserves were filled up again. The Riesling harvest started mid-October and lasted until beginning of November.

The combination of moisture and a warm October caused a rapid spread of noble rot. Thus, the harvest was, once again, significantly reduced, especially Riesling. By carefully selecting and sorting grapes during the harvest, we were able to produce a quality range of wines up to Auslese. Our average yield was 35 hl/ha this vintage, as opposed to the normal average of 65 hl/ha.

 

The harvest was nerve-wracking. It was qualitatively good, but quantitatively extremely small. Meanwhile, we are happy with the result and have decided to offer you a smaller but fine selection of wines this year. These are charming, fruity, mineral Rieslings that are wonderfully slim, with moderate alcohol, and classic elegance. Especially the fruity Kabinett wines show this potential at its best in our region. 

Start of the harvest:
midd-October 2013
End of the harvest:
midd-November 2013
Yields in the best parcels:
20 hl/ha and less
Average yields:
maximum 35 hl/ha over the entire holdings