Vintage Report 2009
During the winter the rainfall was 26% below the average which meant poor water levels in the soil. In any case there was sufficient water in order for the buds to start sprouting evenly although possibly a bit sooner than in previous years. This drought continued during the spring with only 21mm & 38mm of rain in September and October respectively. The lack of rain slowed down the vegetative growth as the water from the soil depleted. During the budding period the dry conditions intensified which meant that the grapes were remained small in size which was positive regarding the quality of bunches at the time of green harvesting, thereby increasing pulp/skin relation. During this phonologic period there was 87% less rain than the average over the last 20 years. In December there was practically no rain (4mm), which caused a halt in growth and a significant increase in hydro stress. This restriction continued during January, the moment at which the ripening begins, favouring the concentration of sugars, the synthesis of polyphenols and aromatic qualities.
Towards the end of January the water index normalised. During January the temperature remained very similar to the last few years meanwhile in February the temperature was 1 degree Celsius less (15 ºC) bringing about good conditions for the secondary metabolism where the antocians and the majority of the quality factors of the wine originate. The harvest started on 2nd February with Sauvignon Blanc and finished on 10th March with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The quantity in kilos was far less than usual with levels of quality being above the average especially with Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Generally speaking the balance in acidity, colours and tannins marked an excellent vintage. Tannats reached spectacular ripeness in the skin and seeds ensuring superb wines for laying down.