The terraced south and southwest facing slope has a unique geological history that has been preserved in this particular area. The outcropping bedrock consists of a reddish-brown sandstone with a high feldspar content, coarse conglomerates, and minor siltstone. These sediments formed approximately 250–280 million years ago under arid conditions, in lakes, ponds, and ephemeral rivers. The rocks contain fossilized plants and gravels with clasts of volcanic rhyolites. Loess is only preserved in a few locations, within shallow depressions.
After the quite mild and dry first three months of the year and a changeable, yet warm April, we were in fear of late frosts. Happily they didn’t occur although we have experienced the coldest May since 1991. Latter slightly slowed down the development of the vines, brought at the same time sufficient water capacities for the whole blooming period.
An extraordinary hot June was followed by a more tempered July with a reasonable amount of rain by the end of the month, which let vines and us viticulturists breathe easy. In addition cool and airy nights set in by the end of August, having an essential influence on the grape aroma. Thanks to all these factors we were able to harvest superbly healthy and ripe grapes, from the first until the very last day of harvest.
In terms of taste 2019 is a very classical vintage with a marvelous juiciness, a ripe acidity and a grand maturing potential.