Although it is still early days, initial assessments are very positive for the 2014 Vintage, one of our longest ever, continuing all the way through to May! Frost was persistent threat in the coastal vineyards of Lolol and Paredones, but caused no severe disruption, although yields were slightly lower in these estates. Despite this, the resulting fruit has been outstanding. Both the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are showing great freshness, acidity and consistently high quality – this is very exciting. Sugar levels were good and the full character of the vineyards will come through to express
Through the ripening season, the weather was consistently dry with bright sunny days and clear cool nights. This produced healthy grapes, with excellent fruit concentration packed with typicité. Our
Andean Estate in Los Lingues, (the site of the Carmenère genome project) has produced another great vintage. The Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot varieties have found the perfect home here and year after year this estate produces fruit of a high quality and concentration. The 2014 harvest was equally so, showing unrivalled freshness and silky, well-rounded tannins.