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2017 was a year with frequent temperature changes, but the defining element was certainly the hottest summer since temperature records began. In September, which was significantly cooler and wetter, grape ripeness was already so advanced in many places that harvesting had to be done quickly and carefully in order to get clean harvesting material.
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In the lower alcohol wines, 2017 largely turns out very well, as can be seen from a long line of pleasing Federspiele. In the Smaragd and Prestige wines, the line between power and heaviness was rather narrow; it depended very much on the site and above all on the winemaker's skill in keeping the alcohol power in check and contrasting it with sufficient backbone, substance, depth and finesse. The acids also fluctuate between very restrained and surprisingly present.