Harvest: 2015

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The 2015 will certainly be remembered for the earliness of the harvest in our region. The high temperatures we had in June and July have caused an exceptional advance in the natural cycle of the vine and this has caused, as well, an advance, for almost 12 days, in the picking up task. But these temperatures have also guaranteed an exceptional health of the vineyard. 

In general, we can say that we have had a harvest where the classification of the vineyards for the various places where they are located has been crucial to start harvesting at the optimum moment.

The subsequent grape selection in the winery has been intense because the hot temperatures caused some of the most eastern vineyards suffered a hailstorm the first days of September. This vineyards were lightly afected by the hail but the hard work in viticulture management facilitated the subsequent drying of damaged berries, barely influencing the quality of these parcels, thanks also to the work of leafing and green harvesting we’ve done before.

This vintage has similarities with the ones of 2003 and 2006 years. Warm years that had been quite advanced in the picking up task in our region, Rioja Alavesa. Three vintages with a slight increase in alcohol, balanced acidity and with mature tannins and anthocyanins associated with fresh fruits.

It is difficult to predict, now, how this vintage is going to develop over the years, it’s still too early. We need to see how the wines evolve over malolactic fermentation, such as how the colour is stabilized and how the acids are going to be transformed. That process ending is going to give us an idea of the future aging capacity of the wine.

We have wines that qualitatively promise a very satisfactory development, but we must also be cautious and remember that this vintage is not normal, compared with the usual in the region. 

This way we will get white wines with a fruity character, a very similar alcohol content to last year and balanced acidity. In reds we are getting very good integration of fruit and structure in the mouth, fresh aromas and mature fruits, with an alcohol content slightly higher than last year and a good color (although we believe that it will be lower than previous year and we must still wait for them to finish fermentation and see how naturally stabilize tannins and anthocyanins).

As a global thinking, we think that the most wine markers are very satisfied with the result. We be¬lieve that before the harvest we all were less optimistic than after. For this has been so important to check how the grapes have arrived, finally safe, to the winery.

The 2015 will certainly be remembered for the earliness of the harvest in our region. The high temperatures we had in June and July have caused an exceptional advance in the natural cycle of the vine and this has caused, as well, an advance, for almost 12 days, in the picking up task. But these temperatures have also guaranteed an exceptional health of the vineyard. 

In general, we can say that we have had a harvest where the classification of the vineyards for the various places where they are located has been crucial to start harvesting at the optimum moment.

The subsequent grape selection in the winery has been intense because the hot temperatures caused some of the most eastern vineyards suffered a hailstorm the first days of September. This vineyards were lightly afected by the hail but the hard work in viticulture management facilitated the subsequent drying of damaged berries, barely influencing the quality of these parcels, thanks also to the work of leafing and green harvesting we’ve done before.

This vintage has similarities with the ones of 2003 and 2006 years. Warm years that had been quite advanced in the picking up task in our region, Rioja Alavesa. Three vintages with a slight increase in alcohol, balanced acidity and with mature tannins and anthocyanins associated with fresh fruits.

It is difficult to predict, now, how this vintage is going to develop over the years, it’s still too early. We need to see how the wines evolve over malolactic fermentation, such as how the colour is stabilized and how the acids are going to be transformed. That process ending is going to give us an idea of the future aging capacity of the wine.

We have wines that qualitatively promise a very satisfactory development, but we must also be cautious and remember that this vintage is not normal, compared with the usual in the region. 

This way we will get white wines with a fruity character, a very similar alcohol content to last year and balanced acidity. In reds we are getting very good integration of fruit and structure in the mouth, fresh aromas and mature fruits, with an alcohol content slightly higher than last year and a good color (although we believe that it will be lower than previous year and we must still wait for them to finish fermentation and see how naturally stabilize tannins and anthocyanins).

As a global thinking, we think that the most wine markers are very satisfied with the result. We be¬lieve that before the harvest we all were less optimistic than after. For this has been so important to check how the grapes have arrived, finally safe, to the winery.

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