VINTAGE 2012 by Olivier Humbrecht MW
Winter was extremely dry and finished very warm in March. Some colder weather and
rain in April was followed by unstable conditions with significant rainfalls, delaying
flowering to mid-late June. June and July were very wet, and as a result spraying of
Bio-dynamic permitted copper/sulphur and plant preparations was more frequent.
With August, the warm and dry weather returned progressively to peak in a heat wave
towards the end of the month. From then the weather was very dry in Turckheim and
Hunawihr. Despite the damp season, harvest began early but continued slowly due to
optimum conditions and the beautifully slow physiological ripeness achieved. 2012 will
be characterized by elegant, pure and dry wines, with much lower alcohols than usual
and good ripe acids.