VINTAGE The 2002 harvest was the best since 1997, because previous summer seasons were very rainy. Temperatures were ...Read more...
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VINTAGE The 2002 harvest was the best since 1997, because previous summer seasons were very rainy. Temperatures were also quite adequate; the daily media was 30ºC and the night media was 15ºC. This broad temperature range brought about as a consequence, grapes with thicker skins and the desired high polyphenol content. During the spring of this season, rainfall was under the norm, which turned out to be positive for the vineyard's vigor control. In addition, during the flowering season there were several days of Zonda Wind (a regional term for the prevailing wind off the Andes range). This brought about a reduction of some flowers. As a consequence, there was a reduction of grains per clusters allowing better air circulation between bunches. In the vineyard, the Agriculturalist and the Enologist worked together from the beginning of the cycle to determine the harvest's quality. The production per plant was defined in winter, taking into account the approximate amount of buds left to produce 1 to 1,5 kg per plant. When the cycle was more advanced, the best sprouts were left and the others removed, leaving a distance between them of 10 cm, in order to have optimum ventilation. To adjust the load per plant even better, the next procedure was to thin out the grape clusters. When the harvest time was closer, leaf reduction was done in order to allow more sunlight on the grapes, without allowing the rays to hit directly on them. Watering was regulated according to rainfall and weather forecast.
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