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The current vintages, and especially the 2018 vintage, show how German vintners are coping with hot and dry years. Particularly when it comes to Riesling, many wine lovers are afraid that climate change could slowly spoil the fun of their favorite variety. Despite the quality of many of its wines, the 2003 vintage in particular stands for the misfortune that will inevitably befall us with each new hot vintage due to its high alcohol content, low acidity and its very unique aroma.

The practice then looks quite different. Of course, in 2018 there are also ponderous wines, full of alcohol and lacking in finesse, bitter tones caused by sunburn and one or two other shifts in aroma. Moreover, like last year, the qualities sometimes fluctuate strongly even among individual producers. In general, however, the vintage is much better than many feared at the beginning. The atypical ageing notes (UTA), which were 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 vintners even speak of the best wines of their lives.