2014 vintage report – Mendoza

14 May 2014 by Guest contributor

As in 2013, Roberto de la Mota, winemaker and partner at Mendel Wines in Luján de Cuyo, has sent his vintage report. For those who prefer elegance over mass, 2014 sounds very promising – though Roberto’s wines always tend in this direction. He writes not just about his own vineyards but about Mendoza more generally.

The 2014 harvest is memorable for many reasons, but the standouts are the different climactic conditions which made growers and oenologists work especially hard, and which resulted in very varied wines. We saw everything from a late frost, rains at the beginning of the grapes’ maturity, to an early frost. Nonetheless, based on the areas and terroirs, we have also been able to create excellent wines. Thus, this harvest will be remembered for the hard work it generated, the varied and entertaining situations it created, but above all, because of some surprisingly elegant wines of medium body and structure.