Weather conditions in 1989 were exceptional, almost ideal. The winter, sunny and dry, but cold, enabled the vines to rest.
Spring was warm and humid, and the vegetation cycle began around 8 April, eight days earlier than the average. Flowering took place evenly from 20 May to 7 June, the earliest for 45 years.
A warm and dry June was followed by equally warm but more humid weather in July. August continued hot and sunny, but a few welcome stormy showers ensured that the vines were well watered.
Veraison took place evenly across each variety and each parcel. Under these conditions, the 1989 harvest was the century’s earliest: from 6 to 25 September.Oenological sheet
The wine has a deep colour with an attractive ruby and garnet hue.
The pleasantly smoky and toasty nose also reveals some notes of liquorice, spice and cedarwood.
The attack is round, with plenty of fruity freshness over sustained, silky tannins and subtle touches of caramel, wild berry fruit, vanilla, coffee and white pepper.
The long finish is generous, harmonious and well-balanced. A very fine vintage indeed.
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Georg Baselitz (1938-)Descriptive sheet