July is the month that the vintages of our wine assortment change. We have just released our two 2011 Pinot Noirs from the prime vineyard Mazon and our 2013 Gewürztraminer from the Kolbenhof vineyard above Tramin.
Taking a brief look back at 2011, the weather was quite capricious, yet in the end it actually couldn’t have been better for our winery. The beginning of the year was very cold, but there was no snow. April was warm, May and June unusually hot. July and August then brought the cool breezes to which we are accustomed here in the mountains. We brought our first grapes into our cellar at the end of August.
Harvest of the Pinot Noir began in our cooler vineyards in the east mid-September. Perfectly ripe grapes could be picked at leisure. The wines currently exhibit intense fruit with sweet cherry and red berry aroma dominating. This is accompanied by the characteristic acidity and fine-grained tannin structure. Now after twelve months in small oak barrels, 8 months in large oak casks, and a further 12 months in the bottle, our “Riserva Mazon” 2011 and “Barthenau Vigna S. Urbano” 2011 are available for purchase.
The 2013 vintage couldn’t have been more different. Spring was damp and cool and the vines flowered in the first half of June. June and July were warm while August was rather cool. Picking began mid-September and sunny days and cool nights accompanied nearly throughout the entire harvest. This contributed positively to aroma development making the 2013 vintage quite exciting.
The Gewürztraminer grapes from Kolbenhof were picked on October 15th, 16th, and 17th. The fruit was cool as it arrived in the cellar and fermentation was slow and constant. The rose petal aroma that is so characteristic of the "Kolbenhof Gewürztraminer" 2013 is particularly pronounced and the refreshing, lively acidity lends the wine extraordinary elegance.
According to our experience, all three of these wines have exceptional ageing potential.