Harvest Report 2021

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.

The harvest ended in April 27th. The average output of our vineyards in the Central Valley exceeded in 25% that of last year, which was a small harvest. We consider that 2021 will be a year with a normal output. Regarding the qualities of our wines, as previously indicated, we expect a lower alcohol content in the white wines, but very good acidity; in general, we have an interesting vintage, fruity and fresh. The Sauvignon Blancs are tropical and vibrant, whilst the Chardonnay are rich in white fruits, with floral notes, and the usual creaminess. In general, the reds were the highlight, especially the Carménère which was the last to be harvested. Once again, an excellent harvest in Colchagua, but with higher levels of natural acidity this time around.

Our favourite wines this year: Syrah and Cabernet Franc from La Lajuela, in the Colchagua Valley. The key points of this excellent vintage’s report are the broad range of temperatures, slow ripening, lack of rain in February and March, and the conservation of good levels of natural acidity.

See you next year!

Gonzalo Zavalla B.
Agricultural Manager