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Wines 2017

2017 was a really extreme year for European wine growers and also for us at Juval. It began with a persistently dry winter, with the Föhn wind continuously blowing, which dried the soil deeply. The gorgeous sunny days in February led, here as everywhere in South Tyrol, to the collapse of numerous grapes because of the dryness. Only with the watering in spring we were able to contain the water deficit of the soil and to stabilize the irregular sprouting of the grapes.
Finally, thanks to short but frequent rainfalls, the regular growth of foliage could begin.
Considering the premature foliage sprout in spring also the grapes ripened two weeks earlier than expected and we began the harvest of the Pinot Noir already at the begin of September.
The hot summer brought particular tasty grapes although pretty soon it showed that, as we had expected from the start, the harvest volume was reduced.
In the first days of October we finished the harvest with three selections of Riesling. All the varieties of grapes surprised us with absolute favorable acidity. So we were able to maintain the crystalline Juval style also after the hot summer and autumn of 2017.

By the end of September we started the first harvest of our young grapes with the Johanniter variety, which is only a part of our elegant Glimmer vine. Particularly outstanding our Pinot Blanc 2017 - with its strong character and fresh and fruity flavor
– and the Riesling Unterortl 2017 – made of at least twenty year old grapes - with its fruity taste, a multi nuanced fragrance and an exciting volume. The territorial Riesling „Windbichel“ 2016, after a year of ripening in the bottle, frees its typical flavors as tangerine, orange peel and pineapple with a vibrant acidity in the background.