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Chile: Vintage Report 2010

Produced by Viña Concha y Toro

From a climatic point of view, the winter in the 2009 – 2010 season was normal to fresh. Rainfalls were spread between winter and spring, while the summer and autumn were dry. In terms of temperatures, it was a cooler year than average with a cold spring, while in the summer, average maximum temperatures were lower than in previous seasons.

Late frosts occurred in the spring in some valleys which affected the fruit set process. This resulted in lower yields per hectare than projected due to a reduction in the size of the grapes and the weight of the bunches, with low alcoholic levels at the start. The varieties most affected in terms of yield were Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

The climatic condition during the fruit set, plus the lower average maximum temperatures in the summer, produced a slower ripening of the grape and a delay of approximately two weeks in beginning the harvest, in mid March, compared to an average year.

The harvesting period lasted longer than an average year and thanks to favorable weather conditions, with no rain during the whole time, we were able to harvest grapes in an excellent sanitary condition and with sufficient time for them to acquire their optimum ripeness. Thus all the projected aptitudes were met, with the respective expected quality.

The delay in the start of the harvest enabled us to have those cellars that were affected by the earthquake of February 27 in the center–south of Chile in optimum conditions. It also permitted good cellar management and a timely response to the harvest times of each of the varieties in the different valleys.

In general, more concentrated wines were produced because of the skin-pulp ratio of the smaller bunches, and fresher wines due to the late ripening and generally lower alcoholic levels. All these conditions augur well for the high quality of the 2010 vintage.

Regarding the whites, these are fresh and concentrated wines with good tipicity and well balanced in acidity, pH and alcoholic levels. For the reds in general, the delay in their ripening enabled them to enter the cellars at the right moment, producing fresh and fruity wines, very concentrated and of excellent color and intensity. The Merlot grape entered its winemaking process at the end of March, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and finally Carmenere in mid May.

By valley, the Limarí was especially notable for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; Casablanca for the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir; Maipo for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah; Rapel for the Merlot and Carmenere, while, in the coastal sector, the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir; Curicó, the Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc; and Maule, the Merlot and Syrah.


Produced by Viña Concha y Toro
Santiago, June 2010