The 2017 harvest in Austria was distinguished by constant fluctuations of temperature, setting meteorological records. It began with the coldest January of the past thirty years, the warmest month of March to be recorded in 251 years and a scorching summer that was only topped by that of 2003 by 1 degree. But in contrast to some other European wine producing regions Austria was able to record a harvest that was very good in terms of quality and also blessed by abundant volume. The yield of 2.6 million hl is a quarter more than the five-year average and will go a long way to pad out cellars and wine lists that might have previously been filled by other countries.
Michael Malat from Weingut Malat will be in London for the annual trade tasting of Austrian wines on Monday 5th February and gave us his take on the 2017 harvest in Kremstal ahead of his visit.
“It was the quickest harvest we have ever had as the grapes were exceptionally healthy all over. As such we didn’t need to spend much time this year sorting the berries as every single one was great thanks to so few “down-days” due to rain.
2017 was the perfect Riesling-year; we had a natural balance between sugar, acid and physiological ripeness in the grapes, a balance that winemakers dream of. As a whole 2017 turned out as a super high quality vintage that for sure will bring more powerful wines than 2016 due to the warm and dry summer, as well as wines with a lot of elegance and finesse.”
Michael and our team will be on table 9 in the Nash Room at the IOD from 10.30 – 5pm presenting six wines from the Malat portfolio. You can read the full list of wineries and wines that will be there and register to attend here.