09 Oct 13
2013 HARVEST, BY OUR OENOLOGIST
We have just started harvesting. Pablo M. Urigüen, Eguren Ugarte oenologist, talks about this year’s vintage.
The harvest of 2013 is marked by a historic winter rain and snow, low temperatures, but not extreme, that has continued well into the spring. After two years of extreme drought, these rains have been very well received. Otherwise, the vine would have suffered greatly.
We are accumulating a vegetative delay of about 3 weeks. Nature is wise and this summer heat and storms have lowered expectations of quantity for quality improvement. The irregularity in the curd, hail, blizzards that have ripped the branches, have adjusted the production according to quality.
The vineyard shows an extraordinary state, with healthy leaves and the potential to end a perfect ripening. Healthy, loose and well aerated clusters. The large day-night temperature difference of the last weeks causes the polyphenolic maturation (color and flavor) is the best of the past years. We can have ripe tannins. Color parameters, sugar, acidity and aromas evolve at once, so we have a very balanced wine, not very alcoholic and with a great aging potential.
Late harvests bring unique wines. This year is exceptionally late. We can only hope that the maturation and the sky give us a memorable harvest.
Pablo M. Urigüen
Eguren Ugarte oenologist