Statements on the 2016 Vintage
What winemakers say about the 2016 vintage …
Reinhold Krutzler (Krutzler Winery), Deutsch Schützen
This year gives us top-notch white and red wines of excellent quality, albeit in rather small quantities here in the Eisenberg region.
Harald Tremmel (Tremmel Winery), Rust :
2016 vintage – pleasing results with a small snag. This year’s night frosts certainly took their toll on our vineyards. Our Blaufränkisch was hit particularly hard. While rain in Rust was few and far between at the beginning of the growing season, it eventually arrived not a moment too soon. Autumn could not have been better and brought us first-rate wines which stand out in terms of their intense aromas and zesty acidity. What this vintage lacks in size, it makes up for in quality.
Günter Triebaumer (Günter & Regina Triebaumer Winery), Rust
2016 was a rough ride for us, what with late frost and two hailstorms – both firsts for Rust since the war. What is left, however, satisfies even the highest standards. Lively whites and dark, aromatic reds – fantastic!
Thomas Schwarz (Kloster am Spitz Winery), Purbach
The wines of 2016 turned out just as complex and exciting as the year’s physical and mental ordeals were intense, if not even more so. The bottom line is the same as several times before in this millennium: rather small yield, but excellent quality.
Gerhard Pittnauer (Pittnauer Winery), Gols
The 2016 growing season was a real challenge due to late frost right at the start as well as frequent rain and the associated high risk of infection. On the other hand, the continuous mix of rain and sunshine ensured that the vines were well supplied with water and, combined with a picture-perfect autumn, resulted in grapes with a high degree of ripeness and low pH values. This gave us multi-layered wines with vibrant acidity and zestiness and excellent ageing potential.
Bernd Nittnaus (Bernd Nittnaus Winery), Gols
Rather scarce in quantity due to late frost, this vintage made us experience the whims of nature first-hand. This year’s wines are more sinewy as a result of slightly higher acidity but exhibit intense fruit aromas. Elegance and finesse are what best describes 2016.
Andi Kollwentz (Römerhof Kollwentz Winery), Großhöflein
For the first time in 39 years (last on 31 March 1977), our vineyards on the slopes of the Leithagebirge hills were hit by late frost this year. Half of our harvest was destroyed in a matter of three nights of frost in late April. Soon after, however, the weather took a turn for the better, resulting in very favourable conditions for our vines. Not only did they receive sufficient rain, but an abundant supply of sunny days also spawned rapid growth, while summer temperatures of up to 35 degrees and a marvellous stretch of warm days in autumn allowed the few remaining grapes to achieve a high level of ripeness.
The harvest began on 8 September. We were blessed with warm, dry weather throughout all 18 days of harvesting, enabling us to take home the last grapes on the morning of 4 October under the best possible conditions. Excellent ripeness, perfectly healthy grapes and highly concentrated compounds – looks like 2016 is going to be an amazing vintage.
Zieger Winery, Neuhaus am Klausenbach
The 2016 vintage delivered rather modest quantities (1/3 of a normal yield).
The white wines are distinguished by a spicy bouquet with fine fruit notes, nice density and moderate alcohol with enough acidity and structure. The red wines boast a distinctive bouquet with characteristic aromas, showing deep dark colours, great density and length, sufficient alcohol and well-balanced acidity.
Bernhard Fiedler (Grenzhof-Fiedler Winery), Mörbisch
2016 is a truly striking vintage, if for no other reason than extreme late frost at the end of April. It would be a shame, however, if this was indeed the only thing we remember about it. 2016’s white, red and sweet wines are, in fact, of superior quality, and yields here in Mörbisch were ultimately not quite as low as we had begun to fear.
Sebastian Siess (Mad Winery), Oggau
The 2016 vintage is a relatively small one in terms of quantity, but stands out for its quality. Dense, full of extract and complex – that sums up the wines of 2016 perfectly. This vintage is an absolute must-have in every cellar!
Stefan Landauer (Landauer Winery), Rust
Despite damage caused by late frost in Rust, the 2016 vintage delivered rather good results in terms of harvest volumes. The quality of our white, red and sweet wines is consistently high. The wines are a real delight, revealing fresh primary aromas and exquisite acidity along with a high level of ripeness.
Andreas Nittnaus (Hans & Christine Nittnaus Winery), Gols
Due to the devastating effects of late frost, the 2016 vintage was among the smallest ones in Burgenland’s winemaking history. The development of shoots and grapes was retarded by late frost, which mainly benefited the early-ripening to medium-late-ripening varieties. 2016 comes along as a top-quality vintage, especially as regards fruity whites and reds. Despite all its difficulties, the year closed on a much more conciliatory note for us, with a successful, yet small, harvest of ice wine.
Thomas Hareter (Hareter Winery), Weiden am See
The 2016 vintage was exciting in every respect. Long-standing experience in organic farming has taught us to trust in nature’s capable hands and allowed us to do a good job with this vintage as well! We are more than thrilled to give you a taste of what this year has to offer.
Rene Pöckl, (Pöckl Winery), Mönchhof
Yields in 2016 were rather low for us due to frost. As our principal variety is Zweigelt, which was badly affected by frost, we were ultimately able to salvage only a small yield of about 20%. Merlot, Cabernet and Blaufränkisch, however, fared much better. Add some Pinot Noir to that as well. Thanks to a wonderful autumn, we managed to bring in excellent quality. The new wines show a nice structure, with ripe tannins and lovely fruit aromas. All in all, 2016 required a lot of work and offered little reward. Here’s hoping that 2017 will once again be a good year for us.
Kurt Feiler (Feiler-Artinger Winery), Rust
Small in size, yet truly exquisite! 2016 started off by giving us the icy shoulder. Three days of frost in late April wreaked havoc on our vineyards and resulted in significantly lower yields. The rest of the year, however, was all sunshine and roses, promising first-rate wines for 2016.
Hannes Klein (Michlits-Stadlmann Winery), Andau
Due to late frost at the end of April, our 2016 yield turned out more than subpar in terms of quantity. Quality-wise, there is absolutely nothing to complain about – this year’s white wines, in particular, are distinguished by exceptional aromas and fruit notes, which makes them a real pleasure to drink. My personal conclusion on the 2016 vintage: small in size, but big on taste …
Gerhard Haider (Haider Winery), Illmitz
Bud break set in slightly early compared with previous years and was followed by massive damage from late frost during the last nights of April. The weather in summer was just perfect, alternating between sufficient rain and longer periods of sunshine. Because of the ideal summer and minimal yields due to late frost, we were able to start picking at optimum ripeness and complete the sweet wine harvest as early as mid-November. This year’s sweet wines feature fruity undertones, fine floral notes and a perfect balance thanks to slightly higher acidity levels. Reds and whites are a bit more delicate and lean than in 2015.
Christioph Salzl (Salzl Seewinkelhof Winery), Illmitz
2016 was another extremely challenging vintage. Rarely has there been a harvest so uncertain and arduous as this one. Late frost at the end of April has not been kind to us and inflicted significant harvest losses. With lots of hard work and extra effort in the vineyard, we managed to bring in the few remaining grapes in a fully ripe condition and excellent health. We are thus very pleased with 2016’s low-volume, but high-quality vintage!
Anna Reisner-Iorillo (Igler Winery), Deutschkreutz
This year was very suspenseful and challenging. Severe late frost in the last week of April brought the plants’ development to a standstill, even causing them to die off in some cases. With new shoots lagging 3-4 weeks behind in their usual development, not all grapes were fully matured by the time harvest came around. The quality, however, remained at an undiminished high level. So in summary, the 2016 vintage is a rather weak one in terms of quantity, but truly shines in terms of quality.
The summer was hard work, requiring diligent canopy management in the vineyards despite low grape volumes. The vines compensated for the frost-induced stress by exhibiting stronger growth and producing longer shoots. It took us a lot of patience, strong nerves and continuous monitoring to obtain ripe grapes. The main harvest began in late September and was already completed on 21 October 2016. 2016 promises deep-coloured, vigorous and well-balanced wines laced with strong flavours of wild berries and an abundance of soft tannins.
Rainer Stubits (Stubits Winery), Kohfidisch
The 2016 vintage is one we are unlikely to forget any time soon in Southern Burgenland, especially here in the Csaterberg region! The early development of the vines was abruptly interrupted by late frost on 26, 28 and 29 April, while the renewed and almost rampant bud break gave us plenty of work – alas, without any prospect of corresponding yields. After the onslaught of frost, we estimated that we would be able to bring in about 30% to 40% of an average harvest. Considering the reduced fruit set, we were quite satisfied with the way things developed from then on – until 15 August, that is. That day, we had one of the worst hailstorms ever and were ultimately only able to harvest mainly single grapes (!) in a meticulous and time-consuming process of hand-picking. The result was a yield of about 10%, which nevertheless led to splendid and first-class wines. While the two white wines from our classified vineyards (Welschriesling and Grüner Veltliner) are now biding their time in barrels, we also have “Cuvée Frost” as a classic white wine. Our red wine varieties are marketed exclusively under the name of “Rosé Hail” (“Rosé Hagel”), paying tribute to all the strain of the past year. While the damage caused to our vineyards will surely have some ripple effects on this year’s yield, we at least hope for more fortunate weather in 2017.
Gerald Wieder, Winzerkeller Neckenmarkt
Due to frost, the 2016 vintage gave us low quantities, but excellent quality. The wines boast deep, dark colours with distinctive fruit notes and ripe tannins. In Central Burgenland, the leading variety of Blaufränkisch, in particular, delights with outstanding quality and great ageing potential.
Josef Reumann (Josef & Maria Reumann Winery), Deutschkreutz
Following a mild winter and an ideal bud break, we eagerly got to work in our vineyards. But at the end of April, just when the vines had reached the 3- to 4-leaf stage, we experienced late frost with temperatures dropping down to -5 °C. Two days into this icy phenomenon, we discovered much to our dismay that the frost had caused significant damage to a good number of vineyards. Luckily, though, parts of our higher-altitude vineyards remained completely unscathed. While the vines in our frost-damaged sites eventually produced fresh buds, the density of grape clusters remained fairly low (0-2 clusters).
Those grapes were processed separately and largely made into rosé wines. The vines in our higher-altitude vineyards showed a strong fruit set and had to be thinned out, as in other good years. We were able to achieve excellent quality here and are happy to present dark-coloured and wonderfully clean wines with fine fruit nuances. All in all, yields in our winery were down by about 60% this year. 2016 was a vintage of stellar quality, but sadly rather low yields.