Posted by Álvaro Espinoza
We are arriving at almost the middle of the harvest in Chile's Central valley. We have already finished the Sauvignon Blancs; there are just some remaining blocks in the cooler areas of the coastal region.
We are starting the harvest of red varieties in the Colchagua and Cachapoal valleys with the Merlot and some early Syrah. In the Maipo Valley, we will start with the Merlot this week. In the coastal area, namely Casablanca and Leyda valleys, we are crushing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The weather has been dry and warm, with sunny days and warm daytime temperatures, as if the summer doesn't want to leave. For a couple of weeks now, the nights have been getting cooler, and the ripening of the grapes has slowed down, happily for the reds. The condition of the grapes is very healthy, but the yields are a little over the projections. We have the feeling that all the reds will start getting ripe together soon, which will make the next couple of weeks difficult in the cellars. But we expect that the yields will get in line with the projections for the reds, because we will do more green harvest and yield control for quality.
In my vineyards in the Maipo for Antiyal, we have not yet started the harvest. For that label, we crush just reds and late-ripening varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenère and Petit Verdot. We are hoping to start picking the Cabernet next week.
Hopefully the weather will stay dry and temperatures will start falling, to give us more time in the cellars.
Luis F Planas — Lima, Per? — April 2, 2009 11:34am ET
Karl Mark — Geneva, IL. — April 2, 2009 9:36pm ET
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