At Dehesa del Carrizal, September means the beginning of one of the most important process in wine production: the grape harvest. Normally it goes on for around two months and is very important to take special care when doing so in order to get the best results.
Regarding the weather, 2015 was a very dry and hot year, but, according to midyear climate analysis, the temperature in 2016 has been more moderate. Besides, winter and the first part of the spring, were very rainy seasons, which supposed the slowest grape growth in last five years. However, the normal vegetative cycle carried on and blooming took place in June in perfect climate conditions.
At the end of August, harvest promising was very optimistic talking about quantity and, above all, quality of the grape. The colder temperatures registered in our vineyard during the night, allowed for a slow ripening and this process has a substantial effect in the grape quality.
How it is going to be our grape harvest in 2016?
These reasons, among other important for grape development, let us predict a good harvest regarding all the Dehesa del Carrizal varieties.
Related to this process, the first grape which is going to be collect is the Chardonnay. After that, we will start with Merlot, Tempranillo and Syrah, ending the harvest in October with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.