The weather in the Massis del Garraf county for the vintage year 2016 was very dry, with very little rainfall on average. There was rain but it fell during periods when the grapes could not fully exploit the moisture. We are fortunate because we are close to the Mediterranean Sea. It gives us some extra moisture that is absolutely necessary. However the stress of the low rainfall decreased the production of some varieties by up to 35%.
So that the desired phenolic maturity could be reached, extraordinary actions had to be employed to help the vines. In some cases we did extra ploughing and in the most extreme scenario, the plants were watered. At one point, we found that the grape’s ripening process was interrupted since the vines did not have enough capacity to achieve the desired level of maturity. The decision was made to reduce the burden for each vine so grapes on the ground (20%) were pulled to help the plants.
It has been a good year to determine how native varieties (Xarel·lo, Sumoll) compared with foreign varieties; the native varieties measured up well. Production of the first grapes showed a decrease of only 15% but the produced a very balanced grape despite the increase of the degree. Organoleptically, secondary aromas prevail over the primary ones. Wines have increased their volume by an average of 1º.