The climatic march marked the maturity of the grapes with an atypical summer for 4/5 of the viticultural area, with sustained rains during February.
Faced with these adverse conditions, it was necessary not to rush harvest decisions and rely on health programs. In most cases, they resisted the pressure of fungi well and made it possible to pass the persistent showers of February and face a March in which the temperature increased again, along with dry days.
The summer offered lower temperatures on average, between 5 and 6% compared to the historical average in the low areas, and up to 15% in the high areas, and, except for a short heat wave in January with temperatures above 35° C, no other was recorded throughout the cycle.
The clouds were one of the keys to this vintage, particularly in Mendoza.
The unique vintage 2020 will be remembered for many years, due to its abrupt beginning, the excellent quality of the grape and the subsequent threat of COVID-19 that tested the technical and logistical capacity of the agricultural team and oenological.
The 2020 cycle was defined by minors rainfall and average temperatures higher highs and lows that it helped achieve excellent health in the vineyards.
In September, there was a strong frost with minimum temperatures that, in some areas, eached -18°C. This caused a decrease in our productions.
There were few zonda wind events during the of flowering which favored a correct setting of clusters not affected by frost.
This harvest was particular because of the anticipation and the dynamism. A rapid advance of maturity faced us with high brix, somewhat green tannins and high malic acid at first. Nevertheless, with the progress of the harvest, these factors They were accommodating. Both in the Uco Valley.
Slightly cooler than normal weather yields wines with concentrated flavors; vintners report a crop that’s a bit smaller than 2018, with young wines showing remarkable intensity.
Nearly ideal growing conditions deliver well-structured wines that feature fine-grained tannins and ripe fruit flavors; harvest yields return after a series of short vintages.
A return to characteristically dry weather delivers intensely flavored grapes, but yields are low due to a spring frost; refined, terroir-driven Malbec-based wines, especially in prime districts in the Uco Valley
Lower-alcohol and higher-acidity wines dominate in another cool, wet vintage, with dramatically lower yields in Mendoza and Salta. The best are fresh and juicy
Wetter than 2014, with botrytis rot in some vineyards, hitting Cabernet Sauvignon the hardest; better for white wines
Late-season rains proved challenging for vintners; diligent work in the vineyards resulted in some high quality releases; Salta succeeded
Cool weather produced fresh wines, with balanced acidity and tannins; lower alcohol levels
What began as a hot vintage finished with unusually heavy rains in February and cool and cloudy conditions in March, delaying harvest up to two weeks
Challenging vintage, with frost, high winds, hail, drought, cold and rain; yet naturally low yields and warm Indian summer