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One can easily observe from the current vintages, and especially from 2018, how German winemakers are now coping with hot and dry years. Especially when it comes to Riesling, many wine lovers are afraid that climate change could slowly spoil the fun of their favourite variety. Regardless of the quality of many of its wines, the 2003 vintage in particular, because of its high alcohol content, low acidity and very distinctive aroma, stands for the misfortune that will inevitably befall us with each new hot vintage.

In practice, however, things look quite different. Of course, there are also ponderous, alcohol-rich and finesse-free wines in 2018, bitter tones caused by sunburn and one or two other shifts in aroma. As was the case last year, the qualities also fluctuate greatly, even among individual producers. In general, however, the vintage is much better than many initially feared. The atypical age notes (UTA), which were reflexively diagnosed early on as a typical consequence of drought stress, are very limited on closer inspection, the acids are generally healthy and the alcohol levels are completely inconspicuous, especially among the good producers. Some winemakers even speak of the best wines of their lives.