Harvest has started!

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The 2014 harvest is finally underway! Our first fruit this year came from our vineyard in Cauquenes, as the both the tempranillo and petite sirah ripened ahead of the Aconcagua varieties. Last year, this new vineyard only produced a half-barrel of wine, so we are very excited to be getting the first commercial lots. The […]

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Gearing up for harvest

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We were in Cauquenes this past weekend, visiting friends in nearby Caliboro and checking the progress of our new vineyard. The vines are carrying a bit of crop this year–not enough for a separate bottling, but we should get an experimental barrel’s worth. We are very excited to get our first sense of what the […]

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In the midst of harvest

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Things have been crazy around here! We are into our third week of harvest, and it’s been busy. So far, we’ve received about eight tons of syrah and one ton of tempranillo, spread out of over three weekends. The fruit looks really good. I made a syrah sorbet from freshly crushed juice on Saturday (my […]

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Cauquenes update: spring 2011

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Planting a vineyard in Cauquenes has turned out to be rather more complicated than initially envisioned, essentially because we are trying to establish a dry-farmed vineyard. The region receives plenty of rainfall (around 700 ml annually), and the plot has deep clay soils that retain the water. The mature vines should thus do quite well […]

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Harvest has started

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This past Saturday was the first day of the 2011 vintage at Flaherty Wines. Our crush started with Tempranillo again this year, as we picked about two-thirds of the fruit in our little vineyard. The grapes are riper this year than they have been in past vintages, with good sugars and forward fruit characters. This […]

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Preharvest update

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It’s happened again: summer has segued into fall. The days are still warm, but they’ve lost the intensity of summer’s dry heat. The nights are quite cool, the light is changing as the sun moves north, and the morning fog has settled in.  The kids started back to school this week. The country has returned […]

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Springtime in the vineyard

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We are well into spring here in the southern hemisphere, and the vineyard is pushing nicely. It’s very pretty this year, now that we have eliminated all the posts involved in the old trellis system. We left a few posts up for the birds, but otherwise, we have a clear view across the vineyard to the […]

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