Despite still depending on the climate, it is possible that production will be slightly lower than in the past campaign
THIS WEEK THE RIBERA DEL JÚCAR PDO BEGINS A HARVEST OF GREAT QUALITY
The grape has ripened more gradually than it did last year, which has allowed us to obtain more balanced fruit in both degree of alcohol and acidity
The Ribera del Júcar Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) starts its grape harvest this week with a forecast in quality that will surpass that of the past year, thanks to this year’s climate conditions.
Hence, as explained by Francisco García Cózar, Enologist of the Magdalena Cooperative, affiliated to the PDO, “the grape has ripened more gradually than it did last year and this is very good for the final quality of the crop, as it allows us to obtain a more balanced and compensated fruit in as far as degree of alcohol and total acidity are concerned.”
These climate conditions, with a rainy winter that has insured greater water reserves for the plant and a moderately hot summer, with the exception of the peaks of heat recorded during a few days of the months of July and August, conditions have been quite similar throughout the entire region covered by the Ribera del Júcar Designation of Origin, which is located south of the province of Cuenca.
In this way, the grape harvest of the Ribera del Júcar PDO will be delayed about seven to ten days with regards to last year, thus allowing gradual ripening and harvesting of the grape, with the reward arriving in the final product that will be more harmonious in aromas, degrees of alcohol and acidity.
Therefore, this week the PDO will mainly start harvesting the Tempranillo, Merlot, Syrah and Macabeo varieties, with the particular and exclusive variety of Small-grain Muscatel standing out among these varieties. During subsequent weeks the seven wineries that are affiliated to the PDO will continue harvesting the late-ripening varieties such as Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bobal, Cabernet Franc, etc., the same depending on the results of the samples and selective harvesting that is carried out.
The area protected by the Ribera del Júcar PDO, within the whole of the harvest, expects to harvest approximately 40 million kilograms, the same as in other years, although a slight decline in volume may be possibly recorded this year. This is still to be determined with preciseness in the upcoming weeks as it will depend on the influence of the climate.
According to Javier Prósper, President of the Ribera del Júcar PDO, with all this the forecasts for the 2010/2011 harvest can be classified as “very good, given that the climate is allowing us to obtain far more compensated and harmonious fruit.” “This is a harvest that is establishing the conditions to produce our peculiar wines and reach the figure of one million PDO approved bottles this year, which represents 10% more than last year,” Prósper continues.
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