Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

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Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

#51 Post by Jayson Cohen » July 11th, 2019, 6:55 am

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It's good to see that Mosel Fine Wines also liked the 2018s from A.J. Adam and Willi Schaefer.
And Falkenstein. Oops. That’s not Terry’s. 😜

Lars, how is 2019 shaping up in the MSR? From what I’m seeing most places on the Continent, it’s been cool (aside from the heat spike) and growth is relatively late by recent standards. Are growers already expecting a later harvest or too early to tell?

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#52 Post by Lars Carlberg » July 11th, 2019, 7:16 am

Jayson: In early April, about a week before budbreak, it was looking like another very early harvest. By mid-May, that was no longer the case because the weather cooled down, including a late spring frost in the Saar region, which slowed things down. A lot can happen, but the harvest won't be as early as last year. What we need is some rain, especially for the young vines.

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Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

#53 Post by Lars Carlberg » July 11th, 2019, 8:53 am

In Trier, we had light rain this morning. But now we just had a hailstorm.

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Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

#54 Post by J. Rock » July 11th, 2019, 9:02 am

Is 2015 considered a more acidic year for German Riesling? I've been loving how electrically acidic a lot of the 2015s I've tried have been.
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Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

#55 Post by Lars Carlberg » July 12th, 2019, 4:22 am

Jayson Cohen wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 6:55 am
Lars Carlberg wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 12:54 am
It's good to see that Mosel Fine Wines also liked the 2018s from A.J. Adam and Willi Schaefer.
And Falkenstein. Oops. That’s not Terry’s. 😜

Lars, how is 2019 shaping up in the MSR? From what I’m seeing most places on the Continent, it’s been cool (aside from the heat spike) and growth is relatively late by recent standards. Are growers already expecting a later harvest or too early to tell?
Fortunately, the hailstorm was only in Trier. I didn't hear of any reports of hail damage to vineyards on the Saar and Mosel.

As for the start of the 2019 harvest, it might be as early as last year. It depends on the weather over the next several weeks and the strategy of the grower.

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Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

#56 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » July 12th, 2019, 7:38 pm

J. Rock wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 9:02 am
Is 2015 considered a more acidic year for German Riesling? I've been loving how electrically acidic a lot of the 2015s I've tried have been.
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