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Characteristics of Campo Viejo Blanco Semidulce
Campo Viejo Blanco Semidulce is a white wine produced by the winery Campo Viejo in Logroño, D.O.Ca. Rioja.
Campo Viejo has a long history that dates back to its first harvest in 1959, in the old winery of Ortigüela. The modern, sustainable winery was opened in 2001. Here, the long dedication of Campo Viejo to the production of Rioja wines, alongside the use of advanced techniques, has allowed them to create new combinations using the traditional methods, to now offer wine styles that are more modern, vibrant and expressive.
Campo Viejo controls more than 1900 hectares to make their wines, most of them planted with vines that are over 25 years old. This way, they have different altitudes, orientations and soils, to chose the best grapes in the best conditions.
Campo Viejo Blanco Semidulce is a wine made from Viura from the oldest vineyards.
After the harvest, the grapes are slightly pressed, using only the flor must. Once it is clean, the must ferments in stainless steel deposits at a controlled temperature (14-16ºC). To make this wine they use special yeast for sweet wines that are very sensitive to the cold. Therefore, when the wine reaches the desired amounts of sugar, just with a slight gust of cold air they halt the fermentation. When the fermentation has ended, it is aged for 8 months in French and American oak barrels.
Campo Viejo Blanco Semidulce is a creamy, ample and slightly sweet wine. A fantastic balance between sweetness and freshness, which make this wine a great companion in impossible pairings.
High summer temperatures define this vintage. After a mild winter with scarce rainfall, spring started with a lot of rain, which favoured the growth cycle of the vine. During the summer, they experienced very high temperatures and the absence of rain, which resulted in great, healthy vines. As a general result, this was a balanced year, where the final absence of rains led to a good concentration of grapes. This year is defined by a voluminous vintage that can be enjoyed from its youth.
After a winter with normal temperatures and rainfall for D.O.Qa Rioja, high temperatures in spring and summer market his year, as well as the absence of rain at the most dangerous times for the vineyard. These factors led to very healthy vines, but the harvest was brought forward three weeks on average. As a result, this year was rated as a very good one in the area, with the only drawback of not reaching full ripeness. Therefore, the wines from this vintage are those typical from Rioja, with a slightly higher alcoholic strength and a good balance between acidity and ripening.
It was a fairly balanced year until the harvest season arrived. The beginning of the cycle, in October, started with high temperatures, and it was not until mid-November that the first frosts began and the leaves of the vines began to fall to prepare for winter. Throughout the winter, rainfall was generous and water reserves could be secured for the growth cycle period. During the months of March and April, there was an increase in temperatures that led to the good sprouting of the plant. The growth cycle of the vines was suitable, and the sudden rise of temperatures resulted in quite a fast blooming. There was an optimal growth of the fruit, until the harvest season, when rains damaged the state of the grapes and caused a drop in production. This is a good vintage, but the last rains damaged the final result. The wines are good and can be drunk in the short- and mid-term, they have a medium body and material.
Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.
Campo Viejo has a long history that goes back to its first vintage of 1959, which was produced in the old wineries of Ortigüela, until the launch of the state-of-the-art sustainable winery in 2001. Here, the long dedication of Campo Viejo to the production of Rioja wines, alongside the application of the most advanced techniques, has allowed them to develop new combinations in the traditional methods to currently offer more modern, vibrant and expressive styles of wine.