The 2013 harvest for Amyndeon shows several specific characteristics. We can of course describe it as quite demanding, but on the whole, climate conditions (meso and micro) ensured to a large extend outstanding vineyard performance. Generally, 2013 is a unique year presenting increasing interest and the wines will evolve in time.
Yields tented to be increased and therefore regulating grape load was necessary.
Trying to summarize in a sentence 2013 harvest is the apotheosis of a great wine ecosystem!!
Winter of 2012 – 2013 did not provide enough snow, but rainfalls replenished water reserves at satisfactory levels at the beginning of vine cycle. Winter was not cold enough so budding was relatively earlier for the viticulture zone.
High April temperatures, in combination with low rainfalls in this specific period led to earlier phenology. Followed by two unusually rainy months and especially till middles of July, which in combination to lower average temperatures, from the 5 year average, boosted the development of the canopy in the vineyards. Vinegrowing operations had to be executed with utmost precision in implementation and execution for preventive purposes. In this way the diligent and repeatedly lateral shoots removal, accurate and in time interventions in topping and sprouting contributed in creating a favorable micro climate around the vine.
In continuation application of yield regulation ensured balance to the plant and maintenance of high quality potential.
A major point of differentiation for the 2013 vintage is on one hand the appearance of moderate and of stable intensity northwest winds that secures excellent health conditions for the vines, with few and relatively mild plant protection interventions and on the other hand the ideal day and night temperature differences that contributed to particularly high levels of maturity both aromatic and phenolic. It should also be pointed out that high vine development, caused by the June – mid-July rainfalls, followed by drought (3,4 mm throughout August!!!) all the way to September, created a condition of intense water stress, which with proper management gave excellent ‘’concentrated” grapes. In addition another climatic feature of the year is the total lower radiation, lower to the 5 year average, that reduces the photosynthesis rate of the plant, driving it to a mild maturity process.
The vegetation period data give a sum of degree days close to the 5 year average, but lower to the warm 2007 and 2008. In combination to the 230mm of precipitation during the growing season and with the very good vineyard management gave excellent quality results.
The two different harvest ‘’hands’’, based for the first time on information we had from satellite remote sensing data with hyper-spectral field data in combination to the qualitative characteristics of the vines/grapes led us to precise vineyard management and selective harvest.
Special feature of the year is the high maturity, the very good acidity, representativeof the Amyndeon region and the high levels of malic acid. it is a year where the white varieties provide particularly rich aromatic intensity and good volume.
In a communication that will follow we will have a full image, with the harvest of Xinomavro.