White varieties, along with early ripening reds such as Merlot, are all mostly picked. But Chilean vintners are in a holding pattern right now with their harvest running late for Cabernet Sauvignon (the country's lead varietal), most of which is still hanging on the vine...
"Climate is still holding very well...according to forecast we will have 15 more days of clean and clear skies...and by then the harvest should be finished." -- Aurelio Montes, owner and winemaker at Viña Montes.
"With the Cabernet we started [picking] on April 10th and we will finish during the first week of May. I think that [Cabernet] will be of a better quality [than 2005] and that the freshness of the fruit and its volume will be one of their main aspects." -- Matias Rivera, winemaker at Cousiño-Macul.
"We think we will be picking until the 10th of May." -- Alvaro Espinoza of Antiyal.
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