Condado de Haza Crianza

DO Ribera del Duero, DO Ribera Del Duero

One of Spain's first château-style wineries, with all of its vineyards surrounding the winery, Condado de Haza focuses on sustainable farming practices with a special emphasis on preserving the regional biodiversity.

Tasting Notes

COLOUR: Clean and brilliant with an attractive black cherry colour and purple undertones.

NOSE: Quite intense aromatics revealing ripe red berry and black fruits. Liquorice notes, typical of the Tempranillo variety, also come through. Sweet, roasted coffee bean aromas follow with hints of vanilla and touches of spice.

PALATE: Fleshy, silky entry on the palate with perfectly integrated acidity and very pleasant, gentle tannins. Black fruit flavours in the finish with blackberry in particular. The oak is very nicely integrated, expressing notes of toast and vanilla, characteristic of a wine aged in American oak barrels. A medium to long finish.

This wine will offer optimal enjoyment as from its time of purchase. Ideal for accompanying all kinds of meat, grilled meats, roast lamb, suckling pig, casseroles and Ideal with roast lamb, lamb chops, oxtail, sucking pig and mature cheese.

The year began with normal weather conditions, followed by a mild spring with the occasional frost in May which caused little damage to the vines. Generally speaking, the year was a dry one, particularly during the growing season, which had an impact on vine vegetation growth as well as the size of the bunches and berries. The temperatures during the ripening period were very favourable, with marked differences between day and night-time temperatures, so characteristic of the Ribera region and which bring about magnificent phenolic ripeness in our Tempranillo. The occasional rain shower during September caused the end of the ripening process to slow but this had no effect on the quality of the grapes. All of these factors led to a harvest that was carried out on the usual dates and to an excellent quality crop.

The vinification was done using totally traditional methods, with de-stemming followed by the alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats. The wine was aged 14 months in American oak barrels and in bottle until its release onto the market.

Varietal: 100% Tempranillo Alcohol: 14.5%

Planted in 1987, the 200 estate-owned acres of Tempranillo grown by Condado de Haza are located literally a stones-throw away from the Duero River. With a different soil type and higher elevation than its sister property in Pesquera de Duero, Condado de Haza is located in the province of Burgos, which is known for its rocky soils and cooler climate. Planted north-south in order to maximize sun exposure, production is limited to 3 kilos per vine. As respecting the Duero’s native biodiversity is of paramount importance to the Fernández family, chemicals are never used in the vineyards and all water is recycled using an on-site purifier.

One of Spain’s first château-style wineries, with all of its vineyards surrounding the winery, Condado de Haza focuses on sustainable farming practices with a special emphasis on preserving the regional biodiversity.

Tasting Notes

LOOK: Clean and brilliant with an attractive purple hue and a violet rim.
SMELL: Black fruit aromas such as blackberries and blackcurrants come to the fore. Subtle floral notes, such as violets, come through with hints of liquorice, a characteristic trait of the Tempranillo grape. Also roasted coffee-bean notes emerge, together with touches of vanilla brought by the wine’s ageing in barrel.
TASTE: A fresh, fruity and full entry on the palate with well-integrated acidity. Length of flavour is medium to long, with a creamy, sweet sensation coming from the wine’s ageing in oak.

Ideal for accompanying all kinds of meat, grilled meats, roast lamb, suckling pig, casseroles and Ideal with roast lamb, lamb chops, oxtail, sucking pig and mature cheese.

2018 began with a typically cold Ribera del Duero winter, during which temperatures dropped to as low as 12°C below zero. This cold weather continued right through to the beginning of spring, and yet, despite the conditions, bud-break in the vines occurred within the usual dates at the end of April. After a very dry 2017, a period of wet weather occurred at the end of winter, and then it rained continually throughout the spring, so much so that 2018 went down in the region as the wettest on record. Vine vegetation growth was favoured by the mild temperatures and the water reserves in the soil, which led to considerably larger-sized berries. As a consequence of this increase in berry size, and despite higher than usual temperatures during September and October, the ripening process slowed. The harvesting stretched out until the end of October and produced an outstanding crop both in terms of quantity and quality. The absence of rainfall in the latter part of the growing season also ensured that healthy grapes were harvested. The 2018 was in fact the second largest on record, only surpassed by that of 2016.

Lying in the coldest region of the four estates, Condado de Haza is the last winery of the Familia Fernandez Rivera to begin harvest. Each of the vineyard blocks are manually harvested towards the beginning of October and are vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. All grapes, juice and wine are moved 100% by gravity and the finished wine is aged for 18 months in American oak barrels and 6 months in the bottle before releasing to the market.

100% Tempranillo Alcohol 14.5%

Planted in 1987, the 200 estate-owned acres of Tempranillo grown by Condado de Haza are located literally a stones-throw away from the Duero River. With a different soil type and higher elevation than its sister property in Pesquera de Duero, Condado de Haza is located in the province of Burgos, which is known for its rocky soils and cooler climate. Planted north-south in order to maximize sun exposure, production is limited to 3 kilos per vine. As respecting the Duero’s native biodiversity is of paramount importance to the Fernández family, chemicals are never used in the vineyards and all water is recycled using an on-site purifier.

One of Spain’s first château-style wineries, with all of its vineyards surrounding the winery, Condado de Haza focuses on sustainable farming practices with a special emphasis on preserving the regional biodiversity.

Tasting Notes

APPEARANCE: Clear and vibrant. Cherry color with purplish rim. NOSE: Intense on the nose with black fruit aromas such as blackcurrants and blackberries, hints of licorice with spice notes from the ageing process in American oak. PALATE: Lots of body, well integrated acidity, well-rounded tannins providing volume and persistence on the palate. The licorice aromas are present on the aftertaste.

Ideal for accompanying all kinds of meat, grilled meats, roast lamb, suckling pig, casseroles and Ideal with roast lamb, lamb chops, oxtail, sucking pig and mature cheese.

The year 2016 was warmer than usual. The first frost did not arrive until November and December and were considerable in this second month. We can say that the winter temperatures were higher than normal. The spring began with cooler temperatures than usual, but despite this, the budding cycle proceeded as normal. The average temperatures from June were quite high, whereas they returned to normal in august.The harvest period took place in the month of September.

Lying in the coldest region of the four estates, Condado de Haza is the last winery of the Familia Fernandez Rivera to begin harvest. Each of the vineyard blocks are manually harvested towards the beginning of October and are vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. All grapes, juice and wine are moved 100% by gravity and the finished wine is aged for 18 months in American oak barrels and 6 months in the bottle before releasing to the market.

100% Tempranillo. Alcohol 14%.

Planted in 1987, the 200 estate-owned acres of Tempranillo grown by Condado de Haza are located literally a stones-throw away from the Duero River. With a different soil type and higher elevation than its sister property in Pesquera de Duero, Condado de Haza is located in the province of Burgos, which is known for its rocky soils and cooler climate. Planted north-south in order to maximize sun exposure, production is limited to 3 kilos per vine. As respecting the Duero’s native biodiversity is of paramount importance to the Fernández family, chemicals are never used in the vineyards and all water is recycled using an on-site purifier.

One of Spain’s first château-style wineries, with all of its vineyards surrounding the winery, Condado de Haza focuses on sustainable farming practices with a special emphasis on preserving the regional biodiversity.

Tasting Notes

Limpid in color with a deep crimson rim, the 2015 Condado de Haza Crianza contains intense balsamic and ripe fruit aromas that morph into numerous undertones of sweet spice, stemming from the wine’s extended aging in neutral American oak barrels. On the palate, the wine is fleshy, with well-crafted acidity that playfully highlights round tannins and promotes the sensation of a well-balanced wine throughout the mouth with a very long finish.

2015 was considered to be a warmer-than-normal vintage in the center of Spain. A rather mild start to winter gave way to noticeably lower temperatures by the end of the season and, interestingly, spring saw above-average temperatures during the months between April and June. The vintage was also characterized by scarce rainfall. Thankfully, the little rain that fell did so during the specific times when the cycle of the vine was most in need of water. A hot and dry summer had a positive effect on véraison and cluster maturation, which in turn gave rise to grapes of exceptional quality.

Lying in the coldest region of the four Fernández estates, Condado de Haza is the last winery of the Grupo Pesquera to begin harvest. Each of the vineyard blocks are manually harvested towards the beginning of October and are vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. All grapes, juice and wine are moved 100% by gravity and the finished wine is aged for 18 months in fine grain, 225-and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels are racked four times during the first twelve months of aging and an additional 2-3 times before bottling. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced by Alejandro Fernández are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Upon completion of barrel aging, the Condado de Haza Crianza is then aged for a minimum of six months in bottle before it is released to the market.

100% Tempranillo. Acidity 4.63 g/L. Alcohol 14.36%.

Planted in 1987, the 200 estate-owned acres of Tempranillo grown by Alejandro Fernández at Condado de Haza are located literally a stones-throw away from the Duero River. With a different soil type and higher elevation than its sister property in Pesquera de Duero, Condado de Haza is located in the province of Burgos, which is known for its rocky soils and cooler climate. Planted north-south in order to maximize sun exposure, production is limited to 3 kilos per vine. As respecting the Duero’s native biodiversity is of paramount importance to the Fernández family, chemicals are never used in the vineyards and all water is recycled using an on-site purifier.

One of Spain’s first château-style wineries, with all of its vineyards surrounding the winery, Condado de Haza focuses on sustainable farming practices with a special emphasis on preserving the regional biodiversity.

Tasting Notes

Intensely garnet red in color, the Crianza's juicy notes of ripe berries are accented by soft touches of sweet spice and violet on the palate. Incredibly soft upon entry, this 2014 vintage contains well-integrated tannins and a lingering, silky finish.

2014 was especially warm and rainy year in the province of Burgos, especially during the first 6 months of the year. January and February were much warmer than usual and marked with frequent rainfall. March and April received above-average precipitation, with May and June somewhat drier. A hot and dry summer prompted the start of a suitable verasion, allowing the winery to obtain grapes of excellent quality during harvest in September. As a vintage deemed to be excellent both in terms of quality and quantity, the 2014 Condado de Haza Crianza may be enjoyed now or cellared for several years.

Lying in the coldest region of the four Fernández estates, Condado de Haza is the last winery of the Grupo Pesquera to begin harvest. Each of the vineyard blocks are manually harvested towards the beginning of October and are vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. All grapes, juice and wine are moved 100% by gravity and the finished wine is aged for 18 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels are racked four times during the first twelve months of aging and an additional 2-3 times before bottling. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced by Alejandro Fernández are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Upon completion of barrel aging, the Condado de Haza Crianza is then aged for a minimum of six months in bottle before it is released to the market.

100% Tempranillo. Acidity 4.9 g/L. Alcohol 14.5%.

Planted in 1987, the 200 estate-owned acres of Tempranillo grown by Alejandro Fernández at Condado de Haza are located literally a stones-throw away from the Duero River. With a different soil type and higher elevation than its sister property in Pesquera de Duero, Condado de Haza is located in the province of Burgos, which is known for its rocky soils and cooler climate. Planted north-south in order to maximize sun exposure, production is limited to 3 kilos per vine. As respecting the Duero’s native biodiversity is of paramount importance to the Fernández family, chemicals are never used in the vineyards and all water is recycled using an on-site purifier.

  • 90

    points

    Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, September 2018

    "Cherry, red plum and currant flavors are ripe and juicy in this bright red, supported by firm tannins and citrusy acidity that give way to a vanilla- and floral-accented finish. Offers a fresh fruit core, with solid structure. Drink now through 2025. 4,000 cases imported."

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  • 93

    points

    James Suckling, August 2018

    "Aromas of blackcurrants, crushed violets, rosemary and thyme. Full body, good concentration and silky tannins with a pure and vivid finish. Drink or hold."

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  • 93

    points

    James Suckling, July 2017

    ""A dense layered red with meat, chocolate, dried berry and walnut aromas and flavors. This has a full body and velvety tannins. A little old-school but what you expect in a wine from this producer.""

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