Harvesting at Masi Tupungato
, in Mendoza in Argentina, began with Pinot Grigio at the end of February. Climatic conditions are much more regular than last year when the “Niño” led to strong, frequent rainfall and downpours much greater than normal, with a consequent delay in picking.
This current year has, however, led to a hot dry summer, as is normal for the region, which has given us perfectly formed grapes in perfect condition, so far. Such weather has meant that the strictly organic cultivation practices in the vineyard have not led to any problems, and interventions in the vineyard have been kept to the minimum.
Following the trend this year for the Mendoza region, we are experimenting with slight reductions in yield per hectare compare to recent years. In general, the well balanced nature of the grapes in the vineyards means that the wines will be of excellent quality.
Our Malbec and Corvina grapes used for appassimento are about to be laid out on their bamboo racks for their light appassimento: 25-40 days, depending on the weather, to bring concentrations of aromas and sugars together with excellent acidity.
We are expecting to pick the Malbec grapes we want for conventional fermentation or for double fermentation with semi-dried grapes in the next few weeks. The later ripening varieties, Corvina and Torrontés, still have some time to spend on the vine.
To sum up, forecasts for the 2017 vintage in Mendoza are for a high quality year, like previous years that have made this region famous as an oenological paradise.