According to a report from decanter, there has been good news for Argentinian producers this year with a return back to normality.
‘This harvest has been very traditional,’ stated Walter Bressia, President of Bodegas de Argentina. ‘
‘There weren’t rains, the day temperatures were warm and the nights were cool. In all my years as a winemaker I don’t remember a harvest with such excellent characteristics, both for reds and whites.’
According to early statistics from the National Viticulture Institute (INV), production is up 30% compared to last year. The total crush is so far standing at 2.5 million kilograms of grapes, compared to 1.9m last year, and 1.7m in 2016.
The greatest gains in production have been in the Cuyo region (Mendoza and San Juan) which were adversely affected in recent years.
2017 had very atypical rain years, with low yields due to frost and winds, explained Matias Michelini, consultant winemaker in the Uco Valley.
‘2018 was a much more normal year in terms of production and climate. This typical year means that the wines returned to a character of full maturation, with healthy grapes, intense colours; very expressive and muscular. The Malbec particularly stands out for wines of great intensity and character.’
Yields this year are up to 40% higher than last year’s limited harvest.
Rainfall across Mendoza’s wine regions was 30% lower compared to the annual average, according to the weather stations at Catena Institute, and harvest came on average two weeks early.
The red wines this year are really balanced in terms of acidity, they have an elevated malic acidity and a spectacular tartaric balance with respect to the alcohol,’ says Catena Zapata winemaker Alejandro Vigil.
The white wines are fine and lean with a medium concentration.