2019 Harvest Report Aconcagua, Chile
Low temperatures and the absence of rain during spring allowed good sprouting and flowering of the vines. Also, a pleasant thermal amplitude during the ripening period and a lack of rain resulted into good sanitary conditions for the grapes. The drought required some special attention in order to mitigate its effects.
Due to high temperatures, the harvest started between 1 and 2 weeks early. This year's yield will be high, with increases in regard to historical records mentioned in a few regions.
In general, most grapes show a low total acidity and a high pH. The quality of the red grapes is good with the exception of Merlot and to some extent the Carmènere which had a poorer year.
The earlier mentioned drought in the summer had few negative effects, except for the Carmenère, in which the high temperatures generated a lower content of malic acid and caused problems on fruit setting.
Some highlights for the new vintage will be: Syrah and Malbec for the interior areas and Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah for the coastal regions.