Improving year by year

At Chozas Carrascal we follow methodical processes of cultivation, to which we add our affection and dedication to achieve excellence in our crops. Our white and red wines are the result of the combination of technological, human and meteorological factors. The latter vary in each vintage, giving each crop a different style.

2016

Vintage style:  Mediterranean.

Climatic conditions:  Second year in which drought and a fierce heat hit the region. Year of great control with irrigation to balance evaporation and drought. Curious data about rainfall in the vineyard records that they barely exceeded 200 mm during the first part of the physiological cycle of the vineyard. Between April and early May it rained 74 mm and then only 21 mm until September. Good fieldwork and the measured use of drip irrigation allows us to achieve a good production either in quality or quantity, in respect of the typical dates of harvests in our farm.

Wine style: Year of very Mediterranean wines that combine the herbacity of the environment with the fruity expression of each variety. Despite the circumstances the vintage will have a good run due to the structure and acidity demonstrated in the bottled wines.

2015

Vintage style:  Warm Mediterranean.

Climatic conditions: A year in which heat and lack of rain hit the region hard. The budding came early. In June the heat hit so hard, and the vines stopped their vegetative process. As if that were not enough on July 22, hail fell which resulted in a loss of up to 1/3 of our entire production. Luckily falling before the veraison so it only affected quantity and not quality.

Wine style: A vintage that brings us all the sweetness of the fruit. Powerful wines, with a little more alcohol and sweet tannins.

2014

Vintage style:  Dry Mediterranean, reminiscent of 2012.

Climate Conditions: 2014 was a very dry year. From March to the end of September, only 78 litres fell. As in 2012 we did an early harvest of all varieties to maintain acidity levels and the fresh style in the wines, respecting the common herbal and fruity character of Chozas Carrascal. To finish the year we arrived at a hot and dry summer. Curious to say that it was the first year at Chozas Carrascal in which the harvest was fully completed before the month of October.

Wine style: More forward wines than usual. Marked character of ripe fruit and respect for the style of the wild herbs of the area.

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2013

Vintage style:  Atlantic year.

Climatic conditions: A particularly rainy year during the spring and a not very hot summer. These conditions led us to the latest harvest around the normal dates until now. This was the first year in which the harvest of the red varieties began in October, something completely unusual in the area.

Wine style:: The absence of heat and excess rains led to lighter wines on the palate, but with a high acidity. In the first years after bottling the wines were feeble, however time has been able to re-shape a complicated vintage and has awakened the wines thanks to the ageing in bottle. A unique vintage in the area and probably one to remember.

2012

Vintage style: Dry Mediterranean.

Climatic conditions: 2012 was a particularly dry year. There was no rainfall from April to 28 September. Special monitoring of the irrigation policy of one of our plots had to be followed up, respecting the low vigour of the year and its consequent reduction in production. This is a very early year, the year that we have harvested the earliest in Chozas Carrascal. Until September 28 we did an early harvest to avoid excess sugar and low acidity. As they did not have excessively ripe tannins the macerations were shorter than usual. The presence of rains at the end of September allowed us to extend the harvest of our longer cycle varieties such as Bobal and Cabernet Sauvignon. These rains were also especially beneficial in our bobal plots.

Wine style: Wines that enjoy great concentration, with the presence of sweet fruit on the palate. The exception to this style is marked by wines where Bobal predominates, where there is a greater freshness and a remarkable balance between the point of maturity and acidity.

2010

Vintage style: Continental-Atlantic influence.

Climatic conditions: 2010 was a year with high rainfall during the spring, which caused mildew attacks in the area. In our case, we were able to save ourselves from these attacks through six preventive copper treatments. At the temperature level it was a cooler year than usual, which caused a delay of up to two weeks compared to the usual harvest dates in the region. Interestingly in August there was only one week of intense heat.

Wine style: Although it was a complex year of viticulture the results were very special, the wines enjoy freshness and uniqueness. A vintage that highlights the fruit in its first years of bottling, but which over time has developed long-lived wines, with rich tertiary nuances and memories of the Mediterranean character of the surroundings.

2009

Vintage style: Year of Atlantic-Mediterranean influence.

Climatic conditions: This was a tricky vintage for the vineyard. A year of rains that continued throughout the harvest. In September it was hot and some of the grapes quickly dried up the excess water. However, in October it was colder than usual which greatly influenced the Bobal variety, and episodes of rot were recorded.

Wine style: More immediate drinkable wines, with weight of fruit and balance, but lighter in the mouth.

2008

Vintage style: Continental influence.

Climatic conditions: Year of a long cycle, for the existence of heavy rains in spring and during harvest. The average temperature of the year was lower than usual, causing the cycle to be delayed by two to three weeks. In August there were two weeks of the Westerly wind, the Poniente, which caused an unusual increase in temperatures and a slight acceleration of maturation, considering that it came very late.
Yet the unusual temperature favored slow maturity and a refreshing acidity. It is perhaps one of the best vintages, but the best in the years 2000 to 2010.

Wine style: Fresh, predominantly fruity and with a special capacity for ageing. The wines are powerful with a potential for a long-life.

2007

Vintage style: Mediterranean with continental influence.

Climatic conditions: This was a typical year for Utiel-Requena, with high temperatures until September 20. The continental influence then came with noticeably lower temperatures and especially cold nights. It was a year whose growth cycle followed the classic pattern of the area, obtaining healthy and ripe grapes without significant incidents.

Wine style: Mediterranean wines with the classic maturity of the environment but with a remarkable acidity thanks to the temperature contrasts between day and night in the dates near the harvest.

2006

Vintage style: Purely Mediterranean.

Climatic conditions: 2006 was a very dry year, with a dry summer and high temperatures. In the harvest season there were weak rains between the harvest of whites and reds, which favoured the red varieties giving them a greater freshness and promoting a good ripening. The harvest was quite hot, a heat that lasted right until the month of November.

Wine style: Marked herbal notes and lots of structure and flavour.

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