Off the back of a very wet El Niño vintage last year, it was a relief for winemakers in Argentina to return to its more characteristic dry climate.
Although quality is considered high across the board, damaging spring frosts significantly reduced the quantity.
‘2017 is a fantastic harvest in terms of quality,’ said Santiago Achaval, winemaker at Matervini.
‘After 2014 and 2015 were challenged by rain close to the harvest, and 2016 in spring and early summer, we had a return to almost normal Mendoza weather. The only problem was a series of near-frost events during spring. This resulted in a poor fruit set for Malbec, with yields down between 40% and 60%.’