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94 pts. Robert Parker
The Bürgerspital is one of Germany´s largest wine growing estates with 300 acres. It is located in Würzburg, which is part of the Franken region. The estate is a founding member of the VDP association and offers vineyard sites like Würzburger Stein, Stein Harfe (=stone harp) or Würzburger Innere Leiste. They cultivate typical franconian grape varieties like Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau and Bacchus, aswell as some classics like Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.
Vintage 2018 and 2019 were very dry years; luckily in 2019 the ground had enough water reserves. Vines started to flower on June 8th preparing the harvest team for an early harvest. Rain in June led to a summer which was very dry with plenty of sunshine in July and August. The harvest started in early September with small, ripe juice content and was finished within the month. Despite the hot summer, lack of rain and low yields the grape quality and acidity levels were fine and the 2019 vintage is looking very good and promising to be a vintage with good aging potential but low yields.
old vines on steep slope, Würzburger Stein-Harfe- monopoly vineyard in the middle of the Würzburger Stein
preselection, extended maceration period, spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks