HARVEST RECORD

HARVEST RECORD

2017

Year marked by a high amount of rain in the winter and not very low temperatures. In spring, however, there were two very marked cycles: one with a lot of rain at the beginning of this period and a very dry one toward the end. All of above lead onto a long cycle for the vines were the grapes ripened gradually. During this vital phase, the weather was kind and there were no frosts that could have affected the growth cycle. Most of the flowering took place between mid and end of April. Bit by bit, the vineyard took shape with the growth of the first bunches of grape. The summer stretched until September, were we had ten days with July like temperatures. This caused the plant to slow down its cycle until the temperatures dropped again. In general, the yield was high, since there were no adverse conditions during the development of the buds and latter flowering, Health wise, it was a great year, even though it could have been problematic due to the heavy rains and high temperatures. The 2016 vintage started on the 4th of October and ended on the 28th of that same month.

2016

Year marked by a high amount of rain in the winter and not very low temperatures. In spring, however, there were two very marked cycles: one with a lot of rain at the beginning of this period and a very dry one toward the end. All of above lead onto a long cycle for the vines were the grapes ripened gradually. During this vital phase, the weather was kind and there were no frosts that could have affected the growth cycle. Most of the flowering took place between mid and end of April. Bit by bit, the vineyard took shape with the growth of the first bunches of grape. The summer stretched until September, were we had ten days with July like temperatures. This caused the plant to slow down its cycle until the temperatures dropped again. In general, the yield was high, since there were no adverse conditions during the development of the buds and latter flowering, Health wise, it was a great year, even though it could have been problematic due to the heavy rains and high temperatures. The 2016 vintage started on the 4th of October and ended on the 28th of that same month.

2015

We might perhaps distinguish the 2015 vintage for its unusual ripening cycle. The winter was noted for not being especially cold, although there were a few freezes and very little precipitation. All of this led to the first bleeding of the vines having commenced early, in late March. Along with the rising temperatures and more plentiful rainfall in April, bud break was widespread throughout the vineyard. During the last half of May, there were several days of hard freezes, which affected each individual parcel to different degrees, reducing the yield of the vineyards and heightening their quality. The scant rainfall throughout the final months and the high average temperatures during ripening added to this lower yield. Harvesting commenced on September 24th and ended on October 15th, having gone smoothly as planned, the great quality of the raw material and the excellent healthiness of the grapes being especially noteworthy.

2014

The 2014 vintage was marked by an early start of the growth cycle. Budbreak started in April, which is rather unusual at Pago de Carraovejas Estate. A rather hot spring season brought an early summer which was not as hot as usual. A summer like September resulted in an outstanding end of the growth cycle. The harvest was carried out slowly and thoroughly. We began harvesting our grapes on September 26 and finished on October 18 when the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes arrived at the winery. Although it was rainy right before the harvest and the grape hand picking process was longer than usual, the quality and sanitary parameters lived up to our expectations despite the weather conditions.

2013

The 2013 vintage was characterized throughout its cycle by a particularly rainy spring, very appropriated after a very dry 2012, and followed by a very hot summer. The summer started with rather low temperatures and took some time to make its appearance, causing a rather cold ripening start that became later well balanced being also affected by the rains next to the harvest date. This weather required to lengthen the cycle to reach the complete ripening until the 14th October. From that date, the harvest has required 17 days of uninterrupted hand picking, characterized not only by the usual exhaustive selection on the grading table at the winery but also by an extreme selection in the vineyard that had guaranteed healthy grapes and an optimal ripening of the same as well as a good acidity and the typical well balance from other vintages at Pago de Carraovejas.

2012

The absence of water in the spring and during the summer marked the year 2012 indelibly, causing the vines to suffer extreme hydric stress. The numerous R+D+ projects, large investments for suitably irrigation schemes and hygrometric sensors placed at the roots done in previous years paid off during a year as complicated as this one. Having managed the irrigation system qualitatively is a factor that will reach its maximum expression in this vintage that, together with the healthy raw material thus obtained is already fermenting to, we hope, surprise us with a clear singularity.

2011

This year grapes were harvested between the 26th of September and the 14th of October. The abundance of sun and lack of water shortened the growing cycle down to nearly one month before usual. Despite being a very hot year the lack of water made for healthy grapes and provided the conditions for varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen optimally. In the case of the Merlot, because there were no rains during the flowering stage, making for perfect grape setting, and for the Cabernet Sauvignon, for the possibility of a long maturation cycle. These conditions made for excellent vintage, with grapes of exceptional color and perhaps the making for Gran Crianza wines.

2010

The 2010 vintage was very conditioned by the freezing conditions on the night of May 6th that affected practically of the denomination of origin region just at the onset of the budding stage. We had to immediately start damage control practices at the vineyard, using green pruning techniques to select the shoots in best shape. Having to carry out such an exhaustive selection, both at the vineyard and later at the grading table, made the low yields enhanced by the correct management practices produce very healthy grapes of the highest quality. The harvest this year begun on the 12th of October and ended on the 27th of the month.

2009

This harvest begun on the 1st of October and ended on the 27th of the same month with the Cabernet Sauvignon. The ripening cycle was characterized by lack of rains and the harvest time by the excellent health of the grape. The rigorous selection at the vineyard and the judicious irrigation practices were the key to obtain an excellent raw material.

2008

The harvest of 2008 took place between the 14th of October and the 7th of November when we brought in the Cabernet Sauvignon. It was a very complex harvest, long, intense and staggered due to the coming of the rains. The cycle was affected by spring precipitation and the absence of a hot summer, which necessitated an extreme grape selection due to the heterogeneity and the subsequent sanitation issues at the vineyard, but eventually the ripeness, color and balanced requirements were met after intense bunch thinning, monitoring, and rigorous grape selection on the vine.

2007

This was an October harvest running from the 8 to the 30th of the month. A complicated harvest punctuated by May rains and unseasonable late rains that came just before the grapes were ready to be picked, calling for extraordinary efforts to maintain the vines’ health. Pre-harvest dedicated field work complemented by rigorous selection at the winery mad possible for us to attain the desired color and maturity parameters.

2006

This year harvest time span from the 13th of September to the 14th of October during a very hot autumn that caused 10% of the grape to over ripen on the vine (raisining). Although the harvest started early it was long and slow.

2005

The harvest lasted from the 19th of September to the 17th of October. This was a dry and hot year, devoid of freezing. The vines required massive bunch thinning. The growth cycle was 15 days ahead prompting an early harvest that was long and slow.

2004

This year was climatologically ideal: rainy spring and dry summer. Harvesting took place between the 29th of September and the 22nd of October. Natural low yields and excellent ripening.

2003

After an extremely hot summer the harvest was done between the 22nd of September and the 16th of October with yields of 3,500 Kg/Ha, made of light weight, overripe grapes that were pre-selected in the field, taken to the winery in crates and re-selected on the grading table before being gravity-conveyed to the fermentation tanks.

2002

Harvest begun on the 26th of September without complications and healthy grapes, until the rains came unexpectedly at the beginning of October, complicating the harvest by bringing botrytis with it. This made us take grape selection to extremes, leaving on the vine approximately 30% of the production. The grape brought in had excellent color and ripeness.

2001

We had a very small production this year (2000 kg/ha) after a dry and hot summer. Though small in quantity the harvest was large in grape ripeness and sugar content, perhaps the best quality grapes we have had in recent years, with well balanced acidity, degrees and color.

2000

The year 2000 surprised us with a very challenging harvest that extended the duration and the lateness of it. It begun on October the 8th and was finished on November the 2nd with a few days when we had to stop harvesting due to rain. We left 50,000 kg of grapes on the vine because they did not reach the minimum quality thresholds established. The grape that made it through the selection process met all the ripeness, color and balance between degrees and acidity levels required.

1999

A long, complex and late harvest, where we took a considerable risk waiting for a good ripeness stage. Harvest tasks begun on October 12th ending on the 2nd of November, with periods where the harvest was stopped due to rains.

1998

A very hot harvest year after a rainy September. We began harvesting on October 13th ending the 28th of the month. The grape arrived to the winery in excellent conditions and health and optimum degree/acidity ratio. It was conveyed to the fermentation tanks semi-whole, destemmed and uncrushed.

1997

1977 was a low production year, about 3000 kg/ha from which we selected the ripest grapes grown in the Pago de Carraovejas

1996

1996 was a perfect climatological year for the vineyard. Harvest took place from the 2nd to the 12th of October, garnering a very healthy and ripe grape that arrived at the fermentation tanks semi-whole, destemmed and uncrushed.

1995

During a long and sunny autumn, harvest begun with ease on the 2nd of October to pick perfectly ripened grapes. Fermentation was slow, with long maceration times intended to extract as much color as possible.

1994

Following a particularly dry and hot summer, ideal for our grapes, the harvest was small and of high quality. After long maceration we obtained an intensely colored wine, complex in the nose, enriched by the oak, full flavored and tannic, although balanced, with a long aftertaste.

1993

Harvest begun on October 12th and progressed in a staged manner in order to pick healthy grapes with good ripeness indexes.

1992

The harvest lasted from the 1st to the 22nd of October. It was slow and long-lasting to allow the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Tinta del País to mature, arriving at the winery at a temperature of between 10ºC and 15ºC.

1991

This short harvest was finished in the week from the 1st to the 7th of October. The grapes came to the winery at cool temperatures (15ºC) favoring a slow and low temperature fermentation and long maceration.