How 2018 is shap­ing up

Decanter - - CHILE VINTAGES -

Af­ter the up­heavals of re­cent years, ev­ery­one in Chile was hop­ing for a calm, gen­er­ous vin­tage in 2018. It wasn’t quite to be, though the con­sen­sus is cau­tiously pos­i­tive. A cool­ish, late sea­son (es­pe­cially in the south) gave vari­able re­sults with some long-sea­son va­ri­eties such as Caber­net and Carmenere strug­gling to fully ripen. The flip­side is fresh fruit, low al­co­hols and lighter styles. ‘One of the best vin­tages in many years,’ en­thuses Un­dur­raga’s Rafael Ur­re­jola, who touts it as a red vin­tage for ‘ fresher’ styles. Marcelo Papa from Con­cha y Toro cau­tions fel­low pro­duc­ers to keep stocks back, ‘since we don’t know what the cli­mate has in store’.

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