Started on September 12, the first days of our 2011 harvest were as expected busy, sometime intense due to the size of the crop but rewarding. All grapes were of rather high maturity, some Pinot Blanc well over 12.5° and most Pinot Gris between 13 and 14° potential. Pinot Noirs were healthy with darkly coloured thick skins. The best plots of our own estate still hanging on their vines with glorious weather and the hope of a 1990 or 2003 replica... due to come in on week two.
Tuesday, September 13 (brother Marc's birthday) was the first day for the Muscat varietals. As far as we are concerned, only about 5 acres are planted with this grape and we harvested as well our own young plot of Muscat (a mix of white and red Muscat d'Alsace à petits grains) located in the Schoenenbourg.
From Thursday on and for the rest of the week we started to bring in the first gewurztraminers purchased from vineyards located mainly in the region south of Colmar in clay and limestone soils. Large size crop but with ripenings mostly over 13° potential
On the very first day of harvest, we received a couple of foreign visitors,
Dan Muntean with his wife Roxana whose company Halewood imports our wines into... Romania
On the anecdote or off the record count, a
veritable paparazzi for our former employee Charles Klack on his Vintage Porsche diesel as he was delivering his grapes. Charles is becoming the star on wheels of this vintage coverage and promisses us a complete renovation of his 1958 tractor for next year...
With days when the attention of many is turned towards the rugby world cup, we take the opportunity to introduce to you Sam Teakle. Sam has worked at several top wineries in Australia and is staying with us for the duration of the harvest, an old tradition wich also give us a chance to keep in touch with the "New World" and to practice the language. As Sam works during the times when the games are played in New Zealand, each game is taped for him... here he is watching the
All Blacks playing Japan in the bosses' office with Kronenbourg beer delivered cold and timely for the end of his work.
The same evening, a flower from Israël came to see us...
Yasmin caught in front of the winery with her family and saying "WOW HUGEL" as your servant was passing by to drive the next lorry into the courtyard. YES, it's me was the reply... all ended-up with a tour of the premisses and tasting joined by charmed staff.
A harvest with definite added pleasures... and a presidential visit