After 1998 we had a long warm summer with rainy periods to ensure the water supply. Vines like these conditions but fungal diseases, too. We have watched the growth carefully and reacted fast to avoid any damages.
In September the “real summer” arrived. Fruits ripened really fast. End of September rain was forecasted and we had to hurry up with picking. The sugar level broke down after the rain and the berries were well-stocked with water. Some of our Pinot Noir was picked after the rain in October. Due to the reverse osmoses technique we were able to remove water out of the juice.
Each vintage is challenging. If it becomes a great vintage, that remains to be seen after all fruits are fermented and cellared! In the end we were happy about the quality of 1999.