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A certified sommelier, Mariana is the Wine Director for The Vines of Mendoza, overseeing all of our vineyard owner wine production and planning, working closely with Pablo Martorell, our Winemaker.

HARVEST 2009 has arrived!


The grape harvest in the Argentina generally runs from late January through April. Exactly when it starts depends on a number of factors: climate conditions, systems used in the vineyard such as high trellises, pergola system or hail protection which may slow ripening. Also the region where the vineyard is located: higher cooler areas/ lower warmer areas, the varietal cycle and of course the winemaker's judgment.cosecha blog.jpg

Let’s share together some first insights about 2009 vintage evaluation

The grape harvest has arrived earlier this year. Because of reasons that are not very clear, the producers registered a decrease that ranges between 15 % and 20 % of their crop. Yet, the fall in the volumes has not strengthened the prices. Meanwhile, everybody coincides that the quality of the grapes is excellent.

The intense summer temperatures moved forward the crop between 10 and 15 days. Meanwhile, the producers - especially in the East zone, but also in Luján and Uco Valley - speak of important decreases in their yield.

“The vineyards located in Tupungato have suffered higher temperatures than average and it was completely dry” explains the agronomist Diego Ortiz from Agricola Masi.

"We can see that most of the balanced vineyards are achieving a ripeness that, although it is rapid, is equal. Those vineyards lacking balance will have more sugar, and a slightly minor acidity ", says Ortiz.

The intensive ripeness can also give a difference between the sugar content and the phenolic ripeness (tannins). This unevenness in the wine is evident in the roughness in mouth, but it is possible to improve it with malolactic fermentation or oak aging.

In Tupungato, it was a really good year for Bonarda, and an excellent year for Cabernet Sauvignon, long cycle varietals that take longer to reach a good ripeness in the region.

The agronomist Marcelo Casazza – vineyard adviser in different zones - says "This year there is good acidity, it’s lacking a little of ripeness in seed, but there is a good forecast. We might compare this crop with that of 2006. I have observed similar characteristics in Cafayate and in San Juan. In the Zonda valley we were harvesting Malbec at the end of January, and also it happened in Neuquén. All the mountain range valleys have had dry and warm days ".

Likewise, in Luján de Cuyo the crop was anticipated but only four days "because the last days of February were quite cool ", pointed out the winemaker Mauricio Lorca who runs a vineyard in Las Compuertas. He said that the quality of grapes is very good." We have had an excellent seed compared to other years by this time, there is a great color concentration; I believe that we are going to reach 14 % alcohol as we always do. We have been managing the ripeness with water, watering a bit more often. If the climatic conditions persist, we will have a memorable harvest”.

Source: Area del Vino / Gabriela Malizia

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