In the season 2011/12 we started with a very good sprouting in the correct time. During flowering some Zonda winds took place that influenced the physiological timing for flowering and leaves development. At veraison, especially in Malbec, we noticed loose bunches, with less grain, and generally in all the varieties the leaf surface decreased by wind action.
Although this situation provided for a reduction in quantity, quality was promising as it held the balance between leaf surface / fruit physiology (less leaves but less grapes as well).
After veraison a few weeks of intense heat came over (late January / February) this, accompanied by the decline in production resulted in a very marked and steady advance of maturity.
Perhaps the most important trigger of this situation was the high temperature range between day / night.
In FLD we had days of 93/95 degrees F with nights of 46/50 º F. On a more issue to take into account for this phenomenon, note that since late February the grapes had very good natural acidity with an intense color that with the passing of days was also reflected in the black color of the seeds (quality maturity).
All these features led to an earlier harvest in all varieties, especially reds. For the first time in FLD we picked the Malbecs in March and Cabernet Sauvignon also with little fall in the second half of April.
Now in May, harvest is over but the fermentation / maceration in the process. Wines are having great color, promising aromas of fresh flowers and fruit; mouths still angular with a load of malic acid that after malolactic fermentation in barrels it will surely turn into elegance and finesse in its upbringing.