Germany unveils extreme 2010 vintage
on 10/06/11 at 5:06 pmWine
An unusual combination of high must density and high acidity has produced very concentrated wines with great ageing potential; a sharp contrast with the soft, youthful appeal of 2009.
Speaking to the drinks business at a tasting of German 2010s held in London yesterday by Justerini & Brooks, Saar winemaker Hanno Zilliken characterised 2010 as having “the lowest yields in 30 years; the highest concentration ever.” His view was backed up by Wilhelm Haag of Fritz Haag, who remarked: “In 50 years I’ve never seen such a vintage.”
Haag suggested that some comparison could be drawn with the 1985 vintage, although he insisted “the quality of 2010 is better.”
Low temperatures during flowering, followed by a very cool, damp August and hail storms in some regions had a dramatic effect on 2010’s yields. The German Wine Insititute reported an average yield that was 25% lower than in 2009, although many of the top estates saw an even bigger shortfall of 40-60%.