Vintage 2019. A generally stable wine-growing year, with accumulated temperatures that can be considered average for the region and annual rainfall of 440 mm. The most important episode took place in August, when a hailstorm slightly and unevenly a ec- ted some plots at Finca La Emperatriz. This had no in uence whatsoever in terms of health, but it did have an impact on the quantity of grapes, preventing them from developing uniformly. Less vigorous vines allowed the growth of less compact bunches and smaller grapes, key conditions for maximum quality.
The summer was dry and sunny, allowing optimal ripening and an impeccable vineyard’s vegetative state. The harvest arrived with perfect weather conditions, being shorter than in previous years, due to the smaller quantity of grapes – a generalized situation in all the Rioja D.O.Ca and other nearby D.O.’s-. In short, an exemplary vintage, with a low harvest, of extraordinary quality, and possibly memorable in Rioja.
Region D.O.Ca Rioja, Rioja Alta. Terroir Impressive terroir with a layer of large white pebbles to a depth of about 40 cm, covering a loose, sandy sub-soil. An ideal soil to grow vines, as it has excellent drainage, plenty of light and the roots are well placed to receive all the nutrients they require. The wines produced from this type of soil are ne and elegant. Vineyard Mostly bush vines -80%- with an average age of 60 years, along with 20% of trellis vines. Yields of 6,600 kg/ha (42,90 hl/ha). Hand-harvested.
Wine-making After a soft crush in an inert atmosphere, the juice macerated with the pulp at 8oC for two days. Later, it fermented at a temperature of 15oC and after the alcoho- lic fermentation, the wine remained in contact with the fine lees for two months.
Alcohol 13,6% vol., PH 3,34, Total acidity 5,9 g/l, Volatile acidity 0,39 g/l
El Jardín De La Emperatriz