OUR TWO REGIONS
Uco Valley, Mendoza
During the 2016/17 season, budbreak occurred on its usual date, at the end of September, with warm days after a rigorous winter. Following a normal flowering, fruit set was affected by a frost on October 21 that caused a large decrease in the number of berries per bunch, reducing the 2017 harvest.
Veraison began on its usual date in January, although it lasted for three weeks, ending in early February. During the sprouting period, rainfall of 188 mm was recorded, slightly higher than the historical 102 mm, and temperatures were close to the usual records.
After summer, the month of February gave us nights up to four degrees warmer than usual. This phenomenon, along with a drier trimester, helped to anticipate the harvest between two and three weeks.
First Zone, Mendoza
Unlike the Uco Valley, sprouting took place a couple of weeks later than usual, towards the end of September. After normal flowering, fruit set also was affected by a frost on October 21 that caused, in this area too, a large decrease in the number of berries per bunch, reducing the 2017 harvest.
As in the Uco Valley, veraison began on its usual date in January, although it lasted for three weeks, ending in early February. During the budbreak/veraison period, rainfall of 108 mm was recorded, coinciding with historical records, and temperatures were close to the usual ones.
After the summer, despite the warm February nights and dry days, the harvest occurred at its usual date in the first two weeks of April, due to a sprouting delay in this area.
AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR FOR MALBEC
Malbec is very sensitive to low temperatures during the fruit set. The frost of October 21 led to reduce the production between 25 and 50%, depending on the area and the plot. However, Malbec benefited greatly from the dry and warm days after the summer, which allowed it to reach the typical expression of the high altitude vineyards of Mendoza. The grapes were characterized by their unique balance between sugar and acidity, along with the traditional softness of Malbec tannins.
The Malbec harvest in the First Zone took place between March 13 and April 11. In the Uco Valley, the harvest was carried out between March 15 and 29 of the same month, which implied an anticipation of up to three weeks for some plots.
A BALANCED SEASON FOR CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wetter days prior to veraison contributed to the different plots, evolving according to their type of soil. The Cabernet Sauvignon from deeper soils had a slower maturity, while those from stony soils reached an excellent balance and their typical spicy character with greater agility.
The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest began on March 23 and ended on April 7, being all these grapes from the Uco Valley and with an anticipation of up to three weeks for some plots.