The season started rainier than the two previous years, but still below the usual levels of precipitation of the Central Valley (650 mm on average). The blooming started within the normal time frame, without harsh frosts. La temperatures are within the average range of the last 11 years, with the only difference being the temperature range; this year, we experimented a larger than average differential between the day and night temperatures during the ripening process.
The different phenological states were achieved within the normal time, with a perfect blooming. After the late January rains (70 mm on average in the Colchagua, Curicó, and Maule valleys), we experienced an unusual weather change; colder than average temperatures caused a deceleration in the reining process. The phytosanitary state of the strains was excellent after the unusual January rains, but we had to face the emergence of botrytis in certain areas of the Sauvignon Blanc plantation. It was decided to start an early harvest to avoid a major phytosanitary incident. On February 5th, we began harvesting Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in the Curicó and Maule Valleys. Most of the white grapes arrived in a perfect state, with lower-than-usual sugar levels, and with a more natural acidity. The ripening of the reds had been slower, which allowed to restart the harvest and be more precise in the winemaking.