A guide to the 2016 harvest: China
Located in the heart of China, Ningxia is this country’s star region and while yields of the 2016 harvest are down, the total loss throughout the region accounted to only about 5%.
Lenz M. Moser V of Chateau Changyu Moser XV in Ningxia explains that there were three key factors that contributed to this year’s lower quantity, yet good quality. “Severe frost in winter caused damage to around 10% of the vines, and even under the ‘vine burying’ regime we lost vines when the temperatures plummeted to -25C in January.”
“Parts of Ningxia also experienced torrential rainfall towards the end of July, with some areas hit by more than 200 mm of rain in less than 24 hours – clearly damaging some of the vineyards.”
“With our yields about 20% lower than normal, this resulted in higher sugar levels, but also great ripeness – making picking at the right time crucial in order to control alcohol levels. We work in close collaboration with our vine growers and for the first time we kept regional parcels separate, resulting in great Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah wines from the various plots around the chateau and throughout the region.
"All in all, and despite the climatic challenges, 2016 ranks among the best vintages of the last 10 years in Ningxia.”
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