19 Oct Less alcohol content, lots of fruit and the same Dominio de Berzal essence, this is what our Cosecha 2023 wines will be like.
With the harvest now over, at Bodegas Dominio de Berzal we take stock of how this year’s harvest went. In general terms, “a quiet harvest” that arrived, albeit a little early. Nevertheless, this year we expect wines with the full essence of Dominio de Berzal, slightly lower alcohol content and, above all, with lots of primary aromas and lots of fruit on the palate.
The last days of August reached extreme temperatures that greatly affected the vineyard as it stopped the ripening of the grapes. Fortunately, it rained in September, so the vines were able to recover and finish the ripening cycle correctly.
According to Íñigo Berzal, the harvest began on 14 September with the white grapes, which took about three days to pick. This was followed by the reds from the earliest areas.
On 21 September it rained a little, so no grapes were harvested, but then the harvest was very progressive until the end, on 29 September. A very challenging final stretch due to the very high temperatures for the time of the year we were in.
Our white varieties performed well, especially the Garnacha Blanca, which maintained its acidity very well and did not increase its sugar level too much. As for the reds, the Graciano grape had a very homogeneous ripening, showing that it is a variety of the future because it adapts very well to dry summers like this one and those that are expected to come.
In short, it has been a relatively calm harvest, interrupted only by a breakdown in the cooling equipment that controls the temperatures in the tanks. Fortunately, it all turned out to be just a scare and we were able to solve it quickly.
The result? We will have to wait a while to enjoy Dominio de Berzal vintage 2023.