Excellent harvest for Marques de Casa Concha
A Cabernet Sauvignon that promises to be of a high level; a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with exquisite intensity; and a Malbec that augurs excellent quality suggest a memorable 2020-20201 season.
“The 2021 vintage was characterized by being very promising. In terms of typicity, it was similar to 2018, which presented great balance and quality, especially in varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir,” said Marcelo Papa, technical director of Concha y Toro, and chief winemaker of Marques de Casa Concha. The latter is one of Chile’s most recognized and valued wine brands, with more than 40 years of experience and with a relevant presence in the super-premium segment.
Concerning the weather, 2020, compared to the last four vintages, a lower thermal accumulation, which positively impacted all premium wines.
“For premium wines, working in excellent sectors, with controlled yield trellises, a cool year, in general, is exciting and produces wines of excellent quality,” explained Papa.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of good acidity and intensity
In the Limarí Valley, where Marques de Casa Concha’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties come from, the season was much cooler, mainly due to the La Niña phenomenon.
As for the harvest, this resulted in a delay of 10 to 15 days compared to the previous period, which was quite positive, as this delay in the ripening of the grapes and a lower rate of degradation of phenolic compounds (mainly aromas) contributed to producing very fresh wines with good acidity and intensity.
“We are meeting production estimates, and the quality of the grapes is in line with sound and optimum ripeness, which should result in excellent wines,” said Cristián Carrión. wines,” said Cristián Carrión, Concha y Toro’s Limarí Valley assistant manager.
Black label and Cabernet Sauvignon with great potential
Maipo had very similar characteristics to other valleys because it was a cool period, with a much lower thermal accumulation than in previous years. During the veraison period, there was heavy rainfall.
However, the rain did not impact the quality of the grapes because, as Francisco Juanicotena, agricultural manager of Concha y Toro’s central zone, pointed out, “we mainly work Cabernet Sauvignon, a variety that copes better with pre-harvest rainfall.”
In Puente Alto, one of the best terroirs in the world for producing Cabernet Sauvignon and where this variety and Marques de Casa Concha’s Etiqueta Negra come from, the cooler climate had a positive effect. It allowed us to obtain a well-balanced harvest with great expression and fruity notes, enabling us to produce wines with great structure and excellent cellaring potential.
An outstanding Carmenere
The 2020-2021 season in the Cachapoal Valley was a rather cold year with low thermal accumulation. The vines’ ripening was noticeably slower and at least two weeks later than in the previous season.
As a result of the heavy rains at the end of January, a series of measures and management measures were implemented to obtain a healthy crop without considerable losses. “Thanks to the hard work and technical management of our teams, we were able to carry out this task. Everything indicates that we will have a record production in the valley,” revealed Domingo Marchi, Concha y Toro’s agricultural manager for the Cachapoal Valley.
As for the quality of the grapes, the agricultural manager estimated that this season would be extraordinary, especially for Carmenere, because “they are evolving slowly, and the ripening of the tannins will coincide with the ideal brix.”
Malbec and Merlot of excellent quality
The harvest in Maule, where Marques de Casa Concha’s Malbec and Merlot varieties come from, began in early March and lasted until April 25. After the rainfall in January and February, the weather was stable, with moderate maximum temperatures during the days and cool nights, which helped to achieve great fruit expression and very soft and elegant tannins.
“It has been a great vintage, with wines of good color, juicy and with lots of fresh fruit,” said the winemaker Héctor Urzúa.
Rodrigo Acevedo, head of agriculture in the Maule Valley, added that thanks to the work and concern of the estate management teams, the rain in January was successfully managed, and the health and aptitude of the vineyards were preserved.
For this reason, Acevedo evaluated this season positively, since “the harvest volumes will be higher than expected, which will be very good, especially because our grapes are of excellent quality, superior to previous seasons. It has been an outstanding harvest for Maule”.