The 2015 vintage was characterised by a cold, wet winter with abundant rainfall which turned to snow on four separate occasions. Budburst was a little later than usual but thanks to high temperatures in the spring flowering, fruit set and, indeed, the vintage were 10 days earlier than normal. The good weather right across the growing season helped, achieving a very healthy vineyard which did not suffer from any pests or significant diseases. This also helped the grapes ripen evenly in all our vineyards, which in turn meant we were able to harvest slowly and selectively. The only negative elements were a few summer storms that brought hail.
One of the most notable features of the 2015 harvest was that it took place almost simultaneously throughout the DOCa Rioja region, starting at the beginning of September in the earliest, eastern parts of the region and finishing in the first few days of October in the higher areas.
The grapes for this wine were collected during the beginning of October. Following harvest, the grapes underwent cold maceration for a few days in order to extract aromas and colour but not tannins. Alcoholic fermentation took place at low temperature of less than 26oC with periodic pumping over. The wine was then aged in mixed oak barrels made of American staves and French tops for 12 months gaining both vanilla notes from the American oak and spice from the French oak. The wine was bottled in September 2017 after cold stabilization and kept for 3 months in bottle before being released.
WINEMAKER ́S NOTES
This Beronia Crianza 2015 is a clean, bright cherry colour. Fresh on the nose with herbaceous aromas of thyme and rosemary but also displays fruity notes such as cherry and blueberry. The wine is complex on the nose, developing aromas of orange and cinnamon. On the palate, it is equally complex, with sweet flavours of vanilla and milk chocolate, from the American oak, standing out. Pleasant, full-bodied with a very long finish.