Thursday, December 10, 2009

2009 Grape harvest

On 17th August we began the Albet i Noya grape harvest.

The first varietals to arrive at the cellar were the Pinot Noir, then the Chardonnay, the Muscat, the Sauvignon Blanc, the Macabeu, our old recovered varietals nº 5, 4 and 2, the Viogner and the Merlot.

At today's date, 10th September, we can say that we have harvested 30% of the total grape amount, some 300,000 kg.
As for the grapes'appearance and health, we have classified them as very good.

The harvest began early due to the high temperatures we suffered throughout the month of August. This caused the grapes to ripen quite quickly and we had to hurry to pick the first bunches. Now, however, it seems that the ripening has slowed down as the nights have turned colder which means a slower ripening but with better results.

On the other hand we already have the first fermented wines from 2009; the Pinot Noir, which we will use for the Pinot Noir-Merlot Classic rosé wine and for the Rosé Cava, the Sauvignon Blanc which we will use for the Lignum White blending and a part of the Macabeu for the cava base wines.

The harvesting will probably end by mid October; the weather has the last say.
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