In Chile, the salient fact of 2019 was a severe drought that lasted throughout the season, thus completing a decade of water stress in the country’s main vineyard region. The spring was colder than usual, which delayed the budbreak and slowed down the veraison. Towards the end of the summer, temperatures were milder and wide temperature ranges between day and night helped the ripening process to grow more uniform, which ultimately led to healthy grapes with superb concentration and excellent levels of acidity.
Leyda valley, 2019
The 2019 growing season in the Leyda valley was rather dry, with little humidity, but the grapevines grew in full health. Yields were pretty standard in a harvest that was carried out between 2 and 4 weeks earlier, depending on the location and grape varietal. The cooler weather that prevailed prior to the harvest was ideal for the last stage of development and allowed grapes to slowly reach optimal ripeness. Particularly worth mentioning this season is the Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Syrah and Pinot Noir, which reveal great varietal expression and remarkable elegance.
Casablanca valley, 2019
Bud break came early in the Casablanca valley, but the absence of frost was a very fortunate turn of events and the bloom took place with nice temperatures and no rain. Yields were below average (up to 20% lower) compared to previous harvests; however, the grapes were healthy and boasted great aromatic profile, especially Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. The harvest started some two to four weeks earlier, depending on the location and grape varietal, and the resulting wines exhibit a very expressive mounthfeel.
Maipo valley, 2019
Although the budbreak was later than other years, the harvest in the Maipo valley took place two to three weeks earlier than usual, depending on the variety and origin of the vineyards. Due to the lack of rain, the fruit was slightly dehydrated, especially the Merlot variety, and yields were a bit lower. However, perfectly healthy grapes were picked and the wines show good pH levels and attractive aromatic profiles, particularly the classics of the valley: Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Rapel valley, 2019
The Rapel valley, which comprises the Cachapoal and Colchagua sub-valleys, was marked by the scarce rainfall that prevailed throughout the country. The high daytime temperatures of January and February were offset by the signature cool nights of the valley, generating the ideal temperature differential for the budbreak, bloom, and ripening that took place in good conditions and led to great overall quality, particularly among red varieties.
Cachapoal valley, 2019
In the Cachapoal valley, the impacts of the drought were kept at bay through efficient management of water stress that resulted in near or above normal yields in red varieties, good pH levels and remarkable aromatic expressions, particularly on the Andean side of the valley. The white varietals like Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc showed lower yields due to an unexpected episode of spring hail but that didn’t prevent wines from attaining very good overall quality.
The Peumo area had a good season in general, although grapes showed varying levels of ripeness and some dehydration mostly driven by high temperatures in late January and early February. Yields were in the normal range and produced reds of excellent concentration and high-quality whites. Cooler temperatures towards the end of the season delayed harvest dates and allowed grapes of very good phenolic ripeness to be picked.
Colchagua valley, 2019
Both the Andean and the coastal ends of the Colchagua valley enjoyed wonderful conditions that led to red and white wines of outstanding aromatic expression, acidity, and fruitiness. The absence of poor weather conditions and the significant temperature variations for which this valley is known allowed both the budbreak and the bloom to go without a hitch. Although the harvest started a good two weeks earlier, yields were as anticipated.
Maule valley, 2019
The prevailing drought caused the yields of some grape varieties like Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon to be slightly lower than in previous years in the Maule valley. However, efficient irrigation management and cooler temperatures towards the end of the season helped offset the initial varying levels of ripeness and led to good concentrations, great health and attractive aromatic profiles, especially among red varieties.
Cauquenes valley, 2019
The 2019 season saw a difficult beginning in the Cauquenes valley due to spring frost and rainfall that cut yields by up to 20%. However, warm temperatures, good light conditions and no rains during harvest time allow us to anticipate that the quality of this vintage, particularly that of Carignan, will be very high, both regarding aromatic and flavor profiles, and total acidity.
Itata valley, 2019
In the Itata valley, the dry-farmed vineyards felt the impact of the drought this season, which is particularly true for Muscat and País varieties that experienced berry dehydration. Grapevines’ phenological processes were mixed this season, which resulted in harvest times to be delayed by roughly two weeks in all grape varietals. Yields were lower than usual, but grapes exhibit great concentration and superior quality, mostly Chardonnay and Carignan.
Central valley, 2019
The conditions that prevailed along the 2019 season in the Central valley of Chile put the technical skills of our winemaking team to the test. Accordingly, despite a mostly dry and hot season, skillful irrigation control kept yields slightly below normal ones and produced grapes in excellent health. The wines from this vintage attained very high quality, and both the acidity levels of reds and the austere nose of whites are worth mentioning.