The post harvest rainfalls during the 2007-2008 winter season were at normal levels, thus vines easily created their supplies for the coming winter. On the contrary low rainfalls prior to the growing season resulted in low levels to the immediate ground water supplies.
The combination of the above conditions with relatively high season temperatures brought two weeks earlier the juices, compared to the previous year.
Relatively warm and dry May increased our belief for prematurity and played an important role for a homogeneous blossom. Following, the presence of optimum maturity conditions with relatively zero rainfalls and mild temperatures laid the base for an excellent season, actually even better than the previous one of 2007.
But then August made its presence, were climate conditions were such for an optimal maturity seminar. Absolute zero rainfall, temperatures ranging from 15 to 30o C and water stress presence at specific and naturally controlled time frames.
It is important to mention that even though dry conditions were present during all the growing period, yields were at last years levels due to the vines been fresh, because of last years low production.
The foundations have been laid for the year of the century. Never until now in my professional life have I used such a characterization for a harvest, but it is proven beyond any doubt that management and control of water supplies, in combination with the climatic variables of a specific area are capable and necessary vinification conditions. Our belief that climate changes and their consequences to viticulture will constitute qualitative management criteria for vinegrowing is confirmed.
Further details per variety we will be able to provide following vinification.