In Argentina , a great year for Malbec
Bodegas Caro has its own vineyards but also relies on partners to supply some of its grapes. Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon come from several different regions: Altamira and Gualtallary in the Uco Valley, Agrelo and Las Compuertas in the Luján de Cuyo valley, regions in Mendoza province. Harvest for the 2013 vintage finished on 3 May at Caro. The harvest unfolded in a very similar way to the 2012, with the Malbec starting on 21 March and finishing on 20 April.
Very good weather in April allowed picking of Malbec at perfect maturity, with exceptional balance between sugar and acidity. 2013 is clearly a great year for Malbec at Caro. The Cabernet Sauvignon took a bit longer, with the harvest lasting from 13 April to 3 May. The Cabernet required a lot of extra care this year because of the vineyard parcel selection, with the different batches harvested and vinified separately.
In Chile, a vintage needing patience
The harvest started nearly three weeks late this year, owing to below-average summer temperatures. It was a vintage that needed patience, while waiting for the grapes to reach maturity. The result is very satisfying. The grapes showed very good balance with silky tannins and expressive fruit, freshness, good acidity and lower potential alcohol. The red grapes showed aromas of blackcurrant, strawberry and black cherry along with floral aromas, spice, pepper and sage. The white grapes also showed good freshness and fruit.