Chile - 2014 Vintage

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The 2014 Vintage

Chile’s growing season started badly, with widespread frosts in mid-September affecting most of the country and dropping the annual production by 25-50 percent in most regions. The most-affected varieties were Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Regions like Maule and Casablanca were particularly affected whilst in the far north Limari was unaffected. However, ongoing water shortage had its own effect on yield. The ripening period was a less-complicated and notably drier season than last year. In addition, warmer than usual temperatures in the central valleys brought picking times forward by up to 10 days, aided by the low yields. The coastal regions were cooler than recent years but the weather remained dry, keeping disease pressure low. Overall, wine quality has been excellent, with strong varietal fruit characters and expression. The reds are full-bodied with great colour.

Quality

It’s a very good harvest due to smaller production per hectare, a complete absence of rain during the spring and summer, and lower temperatures than normal. This has created white wines that are aromatically intense, with very good acidity and freshness. Reds have very intense colour with a high aromatic expression, great concentration and very smooth tannins.

Pricing

Lower than average crop of high quality grapes has meant that pricing, particularly in white varieties, is shooting up due to the low yields and strong demand, particularly for Sauvignon Blanc.

Date:
6th August 2014


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