The year 2012 was tremendously marked by the absence of water, both in spring and summer, leading plants to extreme water stress. The numerous R&D&I projects, the significant investments in proper irrigation management and the hygrometric sensors for root moisture control carried out in previous years will bear fruit in a vintage as complicated as 2012. Irrigation management as a qualitative factor will have its maximum expression in this vintage, which, together with these climatic conditions, resulted in a clearly unique vintage, with excellent health of the raw material, allowing a slow and leisurely harvest that took place between October 1 and 23.
The soil is a mixture of sand and limestone with red clay and white marl and has good water retention. The plots were planted between 1988 and 2011 with a Cordon de Royat double curtain vine training system.
The grapes are harvested by hand using small volume crates and after passing through a cold chamber, the grapes enter the tanks by gravity. At Pago de Carraovejas, the wine is fermented with native yeasts and bacteria from the estate, unique and original, to express the characteristics of our terroir to the maximum. The wine is always racked into the barrel via gravity. It remains in the handpicked extra-fine grain French and American Oak barrels for 12 months. Clarified with natural egg whites and bottled by gravity with natural cork stoppers selected in April 2014.