Posted by Santiago Achával
On Friday night we were still working on the selection tables. Today we picked our Finca Bella Vista. Some of it will be our 2009 Finca Bella Vista Malbec; some will be part of our Quimera blend, but every block is tasting great!
It all started Tuesday morning. We spent the day walking the vineyards and tasting grapes. Making plans to start on Wednesday. Two teams of harvesters for our 20 acres of Merlot in Tupungato, total of 50 people. Twenty more at the winery for unloading harvest cases and sorting. It was all coming together in that crazy way that is always so full of tension. But then an overcast sky turned colder, and it started to rain.
Stop that rain people! We went out to the Merlot when it did stop. We decided that on Wednesday, harvest was a no. Not a huge no, as in wait a week, but a no nonetheless. Back home, we lit a fire, bought some carne, opened a bottle of vino and waited. You’ve heard that word "mañana," haven’t you?
Wednesday delivered one of those Mendoza miracle days. Clear skies, deep blue without a cloud. The luminosity you only get at 3,200 feet of altitude in a desert climate. And a north-easterly breeze that had us back in the Merlot vineyard by early afternoon, checking it out. It was a go! No water intake into the grapes, dry leaves, dry bunches, dry vineyard floor.
So Thursday we brought it in—30 tons of great tasting Merlot!
For those of you that share the number curiosity: 26 Brix, 3.5 pH for the Merlot; 24.5 Brix and 3.55 pH for the Malbec.
So between yesterday and today, 66 tons! Our team is dead on its feet. We worked the Merlot until 1 a.m. It’s 9 p.m. now, and by my guess, we still have a couple of hours to go today. Everybody was thankful tha we don’t harvest on weekends.
|Sorting Merlot at Achával-Ferrer.|