Discover the 2015 harvest report for our domain of Viña Los Vascos in Chile.
AN EARLY AND RICH VINTAGE
The agricultural year was characterized by a rainy winter, a spring of cold nights and warmer days, and unprecedented temperature peaks towards the end of the dry summer. These conditions differentiate this year from the previous season, where the normal pattern was upset as a result of the drier-than-normal winter and bitter frosts.
Spring temperatures were fairly high, peaking at 33° C, without any frost episodes. Light rainfall did not affect the grapes. On the contrary, it helped retain the soil moisture during the spring.
Summer set in with record highs of up to 39C° C in the months of February and March, which is totally unusual for that time of the year. Such high temperatures and the lack of rain during the summer were clear indications of an early and concentrated vintage.
PRECOCIOUS HARVEST TO PRESERVE THE EXCELLENT RIPENING
As a result of the normal winter, the warm and frost-free spring and the exceptionally torrid summer, harvest took place 2 weeks earlier than the previous year.
The period of extreme temperatures also helped to rid the grapes of pyrazine notes almost completely. The weather was excellent. We only registered 14mm of rainfall in the middle of the harvest.
GREAT ABUNDANCE OF CABERNET SAUVIGNON, EXPRESSIVE CHARDONNAY, CARMENERE CONFIRMING ITS STYLE, «TASTY» SYRAH AND SAUVIGNON’S PURITY
Cabernet Sauvignon: Great abundance of red fruits, especially fresh cherries. Also notes of mint, rosemary, walnuts and light touches of bacon. A wine of good volume and structure. The tannins are sweet, smooth and round.
Harvest: April 1 – May 13.
Carmenère: A worthy representative of the variety, with spicy notes of black pepper and tarragon. Also, intense notes of blackberries with touches of nutmeg. Rich wines with elegant tannins and great personality.
Harvest: April 29 – May 12.
Syrah: A year characterized by the presence of ripe raspberries. Notes of violets and pink pepper add a pleasant aromatic complexity. Just like in previous years, tannins are fairly forward, giving the wine the structure and profile required for the blend.
Harvest: March 24 – April 6.
Chardonnay: Year after year, this variety surprises with its fruit expression and exquisite acidity. Intense notes of banana, mandarin oranges, wild hazelnuts and almonds. It comes mainly from terroirs under strong influence of the ocean, but also more and more from Los Vascos vineyard.
Harvest: March 2 – April 1.
Sauvignon Blanc: The wines present a good typicity, with a varietal purity that delivers a freshly juicy, creamy and balanced character. The notes of green apple, fresh pineapple, pear and lime are in perfect harmony.
Harvest: March 18 – April 2.
Harvest report was prepared by Claudio Naranjo, General Manager of Viña Los Vascos, together with Marcelo Gallardo, Chief Winemaker, Enrique Marquez, Vineyard Manager and Eric Kohler, Technical Director of DBR (Lafite)’s International Estates.