Volume of wine approved: 266.43 million litres
The Control Board officially rated the 2011 Rioja vintage as ‘Excellent’ after a strict assessment process involving testing and tasting 3,987 representative samples of the 277.31 million litres of wine made with this harvest. Average lab test results place this vintage among the top three since the current quality control system was implemented in Rioja thirty years ago.
According to the Control Board Technical Service, the final quality of the 2011 harvest is due to good vine development across the wine region with low incidence of pests and disease and excellent canopy development and health right through to the end of the growing season, despite some drought issues in a few areas.
The exceptional health of the grapes was one of the fundamental traits of the 2011 harvest, facilitating seamless fermentations and very promising, well-structured, healthy wines with good colour levels.
The excellent work and professionalism of grape growers and winemakers coupled with very moderate production yields (the lowest since 2002) were key factors in order to reach the excellent rating for the second year in a row, something that also occurred in 1994/1995 and in 2004/2005. Only eight vintages have been rated ‘excellent’ in Rioja in the last thirty years.
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