2020 Harvest Report by Alistair Cooper MW for Condor Wines
Great to read through the report by Alistair Cooper MW on the 2020 harvest. The country recorded its hottest March on record. Multiple heatwaves and low rainfall contributed to smaller berries and lower yields. Then there was COVID-19 which brought its own challenges. Thankfully the Argentinian government acted quickly, allowing the wine industry to continue production.
Commenting on the harvest, winemaker Karim Mussi Saffie, said: "The main characteristic was the early ripeness, where in some areas, such as El Cepillo (Uco Valley), there was a difference in phenology terms of up to 13 days, compared to the previous vintage. The warmest March in the last 50 years sped up the ripening process, that surprisingly, increased the phenol concentration not affecting the acidity."
Despite the higher than average temperatures and an early harvest, the wines appear to be very high quality, so look out for the 2020 vintage, it's coming soon!