Overall for the oasis of the Upper Mendoza River, vintage 2009 will be memorable for red varietals.
With a warm, dry weather (guaranteed healthy grapes and wines) and a growing season from shooting to optimal maturity will be reflected in the structure of future Riglos 2009, it is an ideal year for Riglos Winery where the wines are characterized for higher quality and less quantity.
The autumn of 2008 had early frosts that could affect production and fertility of buds, but the benign winter with few frosts (normal to the recess of the vine), and the cool and dry spring allowed a good and early sprouting. The month of November was warm and dry thus accelerating a preview of fruit set process, and delivering the first grams of sugar in the grapes in December with ripe stalks and looser clusters with small grains.
Summer started with heavy rain, then it turned very hot and dry, so physiological maturity of the early and middle varieties (in our case Sirah), was ahead in 20 days while in February, the advancement of physiological and phenolic ripeness took place in Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties.
The new wines before malolactic fermentation in barrel achieved a good level of alcohol and low malic acidity, with intense color, concentrated black fruit and balanced acidity. All qualities that promise round wines, juicy with ripe tannins, among which the Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are really outstanding.
In short, an excellent 2009 for Finca Las Divas, where cutting edge technology starts in the vineyard and then it is expressed in the winemaking stage at which the enology works as a sounding board, amplifying and structuring the resulting wines to transform a seasonal fruit in a immortal noble drink.
While the 2009 vintage will be a memorable vintage in red varietals, it is still difficult to establish differences in quality, just different colors or shades with previous years as at 1,000 m.a.s.l the quality is exceptional.