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Harvests

1992 HARVEST

Official vintage rating: "GOOD".

Volume of wine approved: 148,129,915 litres.

- Red wine: 108.9 million litres.
- White wine: 16.9 million litres.
- Rosé wine: 22.2 million litres.

Growth cycle.

Abundant rainfall in autumn and the absence of early frost favourably predisposed the vineyards for good production. The winter was one of the driest this century. The spring brought excellent weather both in terms of rainfall and temperatures, resulting in very good budding. High temperatures and normal rainfall in September resulted in an outstanding evolution of the vineyards.

Harvest began on 14 September with an alcohol potential between 12.5% and 13.5%, the grapes arriving at the bodegas in perfect health. On 27 September it began to rain steadily and the 1992 harvest saw the rainiest October in 48 years. This resulted in a two-stage harvest with marked differences in quality.

The wines of this vintage, generally rated as GOOD, actually showed a wide range of qualities due to a harvest that began under excellent conditions and ended with significantly adverse weather. So, while the grapes picked during the rainy part produced problematic wines, those picked during the early part of the harvest produced wines of extraordinary quality with a great potential for ageing. One should expect to see bodegas offering great aged wines from this vintage in the future.

Their sensorial characteristics point to good evolution in the bottle, confirming the expectations it generated for aged wines during the initial rating.

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