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Vintage 2009

Vintage 2009

A year of growing wine has gone fast, as we have just finished our harvest of the 2009 vintage. Almost, that is, because we are still waiting on the right temperature for harvesting the ice wine grapes (minus 8 degrees Celsius). Once again, it has proven not to be an easy year for wine growers. Heavy rain during flowering meant less grapes developed per plant. However, the remaining grapes had more space between them, so less danger of fungal disease. The most important step in preventing these was cutting surplus leaves so as to allow the grapes to dry up quicker. In the Kamp valley, the start of the summer season was everything but ideal – a lot of rain and rather cool temperatures – but a beautiful late summer made up for that leading to high quality grapes. Especially the grapes which were harvested at the end of the season drew a benefit out of this weather pattern.
Very important proved to be planting greens between the vines (a functional competitor) as early as the end of May, in order to make up for the surplus amount of rain towards the beginning of the season.

 

Harvest 2009 : Small quantity, high quality

 

During the past couple of weeks, we had a busy life out there in the vineyards. Warm and sunny weather until the beginning of October made for healthy, grown grapes whereas cool nights were perfect for preserving the aroma. We can thus look forward to a high quality vintage, although the bad weather during flowering substantially reduced the amount of grapes harvested among Grüner Veltliner, Weissburgunder and St. Laurent.Heavy rain during the middle of September increased the danger for fungal diseases, stressing the need for relentless care taken during harvest. This was especially important concerning the Riesling grapes, while other varieties were less affected.Thanks to our middle-sized estate, it is possible to harvest according to the weather, meaning harvest only in case of good (dry) weather conditions. Grapes are processed as quickly as possible, which again is possible thanks to the size of our estate. Each grape is met with utmost care and respect.

 

We started harvesting on September 25, pre-harvesting Riesling and Grüner Veltliner grapes. St. Laurent followed at the beginning of October, as well as pre-harvesting Blauer Zweigelt and Gelber Muskateller grapes. The main harvest continued throughout the middle of October: Grüner Veltliner, Riesling from the Gaisberg and Heiligenstein vineyards, and Burgundy varieties towards the end of the month (Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder and Chardonnay). On October 28, 2009, we finished harvesting with our Grauburgunder Hasel.

 

  • Allram Weinkeller
  • Panorama Weingärten
  • Morgenstimmung im Weingarten