Condado de Haza Crianza
DO Ribera Del Duero
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.
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.