“This year the grape quality has been very high as a result of a naturally low yield. Normally, a Malbec cluster has between 70 and 100 berries. This year, however, the clusters have between 30 and 40 berries, which results in a 50% weight decrease per cluster. Finca Alluvia in Gualtallary, Uco Valley, had one of the lowest yields of the last years, averaging 3.7 tonnes per hectare. This low yield is a consequence of strong zonda winds that blew several times in October and were followed by rain and cold temperatures during flowering (first and second week of November),” explains Edgardo Del Pópolo, Doña Paula’s Vineyard and Winemaking Director.
When analyzing the period between January and March (veraison and the beginning of harvest), it can be noticed that 2012 has been warmer than 2011. The number of days in which temperature reached more than 32 °C has doubled as compared to last year (for example, 6 days vs. 3 days in the Uco Valley, and 20 days vs. 10 days in Luján de Cuyo). Besides, this period has been dryer than average, with a majority of sunny days and very few rains.
The varieties that stand out this year are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for their concentration and, of course, Malbec, especially the one that comes from Finca Alluvia in Gualtallary.