After some intense days of grape harvesting, it’s time to take stock of the wine vintage. First of all, it’s worth pointing out that it was totally different from last year’s vintage: 2019 was characterized by the impact of three heat waves during the growing cycle and marked by a significant reduction in rainfall. In fact, there was a third less rainfall than in 2018, with the amount falling from 718 mm in 2018 to 216 mm so far in 2019, leading to plant stress in the vineyard.
As for the vine growing, we focused on green pruning to protect the bunches from sun exposure. By managing the canopy well, we were able to protect the grape skin to preserve the primary aromas and also maintain optimal ventilation to mitigate the possible development of fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and mildew.
In general, it was a very undemanding harvest thanks to the fact that it did not rain at all in September, and each variety was harvested in due course.
An interesting fact is that the harvest started on the same day as it did last year: August 27th! Pinot Noir was the variety that kicked things off, with its delicate notes of citrus and white fruit[EG1] . Then, a new month and a new variety: At the beginning of September we brought in the Chardonnay for our Vinya Gigi wine, achieving fresh tropical notes and good aromatic intensity. Next up was the Merlot and Petit Verdot, which we use to make our young red 3055, and then finally the Merlot used for Vinya Palau Merlot.
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were interwoven between the end of September and beginning of October, with excellent technological and phenolic maturity that will allow us to obtain the most distinguished wines: Vinya Le Havre Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva and Vinya La Scala Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva.
And, a little secret… While harvesting the red grapes this year, we also harvested a new white variety that we’ve never vinified before: Can you guess what the new wine in the experimental range will be?
In general, we are very satisfied with the 2019 harvest. Among the white varieties, we have achieved a good sensory balance, marked by tropical aromas and a prominent level of acidity. Now the French oak barrels are bringing all the refinement to the wine. As for the red varieties, it must be said that the 2019 harvest was very intriguing. It promises wines with lots of potential for aging, with great fineness and complexity.
All in all, 2019 was a dry year in general, with the temperature difference between day and night during the harvest period standing out as a positive aspect. This effect contributed to achieving optimal grape ripeness since the grapes ripened slowly and gradually.
We have obtained wines of high quality that we will be able to enjoy, each in due course, after they spend the appropriate time aging or resting in the bottle.
Cheers to wine!
Winemaker at Jean Leon