I found growers in high sprits when discussing their 2013s. After extremely low yields in both 2012 and 2010 caused commercial difficulties for many estates, the more bountiful 2013 also brought relief in terms of production levels. Given that 2014 will again be very short in volume and largely mediocre in quality, consumers should carefully scout the available selection of 2013s at their local wine shops in order to buy the best bottles while they are still to be found.
Although he prefers cooler vintages, Lucas Pichler from Oberloiben in the Wachau is pleased with 2012
Verticals & Retrospectives, Austria
Listening to Gerhard Kracher talk about his family can only be described as emotional. Kracher’s grandfather, Alois Sr., was chronically undernourished and was thus mistaken for a boy and spared by the Nazis during World War II. Kracher’s father, Alois Jr. ‘Luis’, was one of the most beloved figures in the world of wine. Luis Kracher put his estate on the map with a series of stunningly beautiful and rich dessert wines that showed the world what was possible with meticulous viticulture and inspired winemaking.
In many respects, Austrias 2008 vintage follows 2007 seamlessly.
After a vintage like 2006, which brought so many potent white wines, wine lovers should be pleased about the moderate alcohol content, vibrant acidity and elegant fruit of the 2007s.
Austrias 2006 vintage frequently brought quite powerful white wines, particularly in Lower Austria (Niederösterreich).
Had the weather gods not changed their demeanor at the end of summer and provided five weeks of beautiful sunny weather beginning in early October, Austria's 2005 harvest would have been a disaster.
Vintage 2004 was a year for the diligent grower in Austria, and those who did not meet the challenges of the growing season were destined to fail.
That much of Europe set hundred-year records for heat and drought in 2003 is by now well known, and Austria was no exception