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Gómez Cruzado commences staggered harvest with excellent quality expected for red varieties

There are high expectations to embark upon a very good harvest for both whites and reds, with subtle, juicy wines with excellent aging capacity in the cellar

27 of September of 2019

 

Weather was quite adverse and unstable from September 10th to 22nd, including unseasonably high temperatures, rainfall and storms, all of which are cause for concern given the risks involved with these climatic conditions during the critical ripening stage. Nevertheless, Leza claims, “our vineyards are in good health and, based on this year’s lower grape load, as compared to last year’s, and the good weather forecasts, prospects for quality are excellent. There is great potential and high expectations for balanced wines, with satisfactory concentration and superb freshness”. And so the winemaker predicts that "we may very well be about to embark upon a very good harvest for both whites and reds, with subtle, juicy wines with excellent aging capacity in the cellar".

GÓMEZ CRUZADO plans to harvest their old goblet-trained vineyards in the Sonsierra range next, starting around October 10th. These vineyards are located at 550 to 580 meters above sea level between the towns of San Vicente, Samaniego and Lanciego. With a low grape load this year, they should evolve rapidly. Leza lays out the harvest plan as follows: “After that, we plan to harvest our old red-wine goblet-trained vineyards in Ollauri and Zarratón, both of which are located in the country of Haro. Then, to wrap up harvest according to the evolution of ripening, the South-western corner of Rioja - Badarán and Cordovín - will be harvested around October 20th-22nd. These vineyards are located between 600 and 670 meters above sea level and are currently under the influence of an autumn mountain climate, which is where the 'cold' Garnacha that goes into our Pancrudo grows”.

Key factors for the 2019 vintage

Winter was extremely dry and temperate; thus sprouting in the clay-soil vineyards occurred more slowly and with less vegetation than usual. Some plots located in the Sonsierra range were also affected by frost in late May. Both of these factors, along with a very hot and dry spring led to lower production in June. What's more, temperatures crept past 40°C for several days during the final week of June, as flowering and setting were underway in the vineyard. Although this could be mistaken for a positive factor, such unseasonably warm weather caused some of the recently-set flowers and berries to split open and fall off the clusters. The end result was loose and open clusters which are not at all compact: this is one of the most important factors shaping the quality of this vintage.

At the beginning of July temperatures were still high, which led to the appearance of signs of water stress in the vines. Fortunately, this issue was fully remedied by approximately 40 mm of rainfall during the month of July. August was a favorable month, including an additional 40 mm of rainfall, which covered the vineyard's water needs and allowed for ripening and maturation to develop with sufficient vegetation, excellent freshness and hydration, along with moderate to low-load non-compact clusters. "Though September has yet to come to a close, this vintage can be characterized by unique climatic conditions, that are in fact conducive to creating high-quality wines from the GÓMEZ CRUZADO vineyards," assures Leza.

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