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A brief guide to Argentinian vintages

August 30, 2019

A brief guide to Argentinian vintages

Argentina is an incredibly diverse and interesting place to make wine. Different years present different challenges, which is what makes wine so fascinating. Here’s a brief overview of the last six years…

2019 – Excellent vintage. A cold winter and dry summer characterised the harvest in Argentina offering good concentration of fruit and balance of acidity. 

2018 –  A dry, sunny year which Argentina's Vintners said delivered best quality harvest since 2013. The drought concentrated flavours and yields returned to normal after lower yields in previous vintages.

2017  – A classic. Slightly higher yields than 2016 and very healthy grapes led to a high-quality vintage. Chardonnay was the standout with balance and intense aromas, finesse and balance.

2016 – Warm, wet weather due to the El Nino led to difficult conditions and much work was required to avoid grape health issues, leading to a lower than anticipated harvests.  Additionally, late frosts affected harvests around certain parts of Mendoza.  All told, this led to lower alcohol and a fresh acidity.

2015 – Warm, wet and humid.  Certainly not ideal and definitely presented challenges to growers.  Those with good drainage fared better. 

2014 – Late spring frosts were followed by a cool, wet end to a very hot early summer, giving a long ripening season and offering up great freshness and aromas.  The late spring frosts however reduced Chardonnay yields by around 50%. 

2013 -  Great freshness.  A mixed summer following on from a rather cool spring lead to a high-quality vintage.  The cooler end to the summer ripening period lead to lower alcohol and great freshness from the natural acidity.