Posted by Àlvaro Espinoza
We have been happy this past week because we received Demeter Biodynamic certification for our Antiyal property and vineyards, after 10 years following biodynamic practices and three years under transition for the certification. Organic and biodynamic viticulture is growing and getting more attention and interest in Chile.
Also at Antiyal we have a new Vaslin-Bucher destemmer and a new selection table for the berries. Plus, we started using our roof to receive and process the grapes, so we're filling our tanks by gravity. The winery finally is working how we imagined it in our dreams.
As of the third week of April, the harvest of the red grapes reached the point where we were picking the best grapes in the Maipo Valley. At Antiyal, we have finished the Cabernet Sauvignon, and on April 25, we started with the Syrah. We are expecting to crush our Carmenère this first week of May.
The weather has been doing great in all of Chile's wine regions, without rains during harvest. And the sunny, warm days and cold nights have been giving the grapes very good ripening conditions.
In Colchagua, at Los Robles estate, from the biodynamics vineyards of Emiliana, we finished picking the Syrah and the Cabernet, and we started pressing the first tanks of Syrah that came in. We were harvesting our Mourvèdre last week, and we think that we will be crushing the Carmenère this week. Harvest still is a little in advance but getting closer to a normal year.
Pauline Decloedt — canada — May 11, 2009 12:08pm ET
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