We could say that the 2013-2014 season was a season of extreme climate: a dry winter, a very cold spring, and a summer with high temperatures. Although winter had provided only little rainfall, we had no problems to supply the necessary vineyard irrigation.
In early spring a big frost occurred nationwide affecting the plants, which were at an early stage of development. This resulted in a lower production than the expected, affecting mainly white varieties. Thanks to the location of our vineyards, and although the production was lower, the fruit quality wasn’t affected and we obtained a homogenous ripening at harvest time.
With the arrival of summer temperatures reached levels of over 30° C. The good weather conditions allowed a good development and maturation of the grapes and we could harvest them in an excellent weather and sanitary conditions.
The harvest began in the first week of March with Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
For Gabriel Mustakis, enologist at Cousiño Macul, “the white wines 2014 are fresh and of an excellent varietal character; meanwhile the red wines are fruity and leave a silky feeling in mouth, they are of a good concentration with ripe and elegant tannins. In general, a good harvest for the red varieties”.
His recommendation, “we especially would like to highlight our Merlot, whose maturity allowed us to produce fresh and fruity wines of very good varietal expression and elegant tannins”.