September 23, 2014: News, Vintages

Mosel Vintage 2014 | All set for an early harvest

We are just back from the Mosel with fresh news from various Estates. The harvest has already started!

The Mosel Harvest 2014 has started

The Mosel harvest 2014 has already started for early ripening grapes such as Müller-Thurgau as you can see from the pictures posted by Weingut Max Ferd. Richter and Weingut zur Römerkelter (don’t know the zur Römerkelter Estate run by Timo Dienhart? We featured its Edition Bee Maringer Honigberg Kabinett Feinherb 2012 as wine of the month last year).

Mosel Harvest 2014 - Weingut zur Römerkelter - Weingut Max Ferd Richter

(images: Weingut zur Römerkelter / Weingut Max Ferd. Richter, all rights reserved)

The Mosel Harvest 2014 poses some issues

There has been warm weather and some rain last week and over the weekend. A heavy storm raging through Löf, Hatzenport and Gondorf in the Terrassenmosel area on Saturday evening. Overall, the Mosel got no more than 20-40 liters of rain, which is far from ideal but still ok at this stage (Riesling can endure quite a lot).

The Mosel Harvest 2014 - An early Riesling harvest

Riesling grapes are already at 85° Oechsle in the better parts (i.e. good Kabinett level). Most winemakers we talked to, including notorious late harvesters such as Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm, indicated a likely start of the Mosel harvest 2014 on Monday October 6 (of course “only” with some pre-harvest, negative selections, etc.). This is much earlier than in recent years.

Fingers crossed!

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