Effect of vigour and number of clusters on eonological parameters and metabolic profile of Cabernet Sauvignon red wines

Vegetative growth and yield are reported to affect grape and wine quality. They can be controlled through different techniques linked to vine management. The objective of this research was to determine the effect of vine vigour and number of clusters per vine on physicochemical composition and phenolic profile of red wines. The experiment was carried out during two vegetative cycles, with cv. Cabernet Sauvignon grafted onto Paulsen 1103. Three vine vigour were defined, according to shoot weight at previous harvests, being low, medium and high. Five treatments of number of clusters were used for each vigour, with 15, 22, 29, 36, and 45 clusters per vine. Grapes from all treatments were harvested in the same day from Brix and total acidity criteria. Thirty days after bottling, classical analyzes and phenolic compounds were performed. As results, different responses were obtained from each vintage. In 2020, a dry season from veraison to harvest, grapes and wines obtained from low vigour treatment and 45 clusters per vine was the highest in sugar and alcohol content respectively, while grapes and wines from high vigour and 15 clusters presented the lowest sugar and alcohol content. Total anthocyanins were higher in treatment with low vigour and 15 clusters, while the lowest amounts were found in low vigour with 45 clusters, as well as medium and high vigour with 36 clusters per vine. Total tannins were higher in high vigour with 22 clusters and medium vigour with 29 clusters, while were lower in low vigour with 36 clusters. In 2021, a wet season at harvest, responses were different, and great variations were observed between treatments. As conclusions, yield and vine vigour had strong influence on grape and wine quality, promoting different enological potentials on which can be indicated/used for aging strategies of red and even rosé wines.

Authors: Juliane Barreto de Oliveira1, Leonardo Augusto Cerutti2, Leonardo Silva Campos2, Carolina Ragoni Maniero2, George Wellington Bastos de Melo3, Celso Guarani Ruiz de Oliveira3, Jorge Ricardo Ducati4 and Giuliano Elias Pereira3

1Embrapa Grape & Wine/CNPq, Bento Gonçalves-RS, Brazil
2Embrapa Grape & Wine, Bento Gonçalves-RS, Brazil
3Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation – Embrapa Grape & Wine, Bento Gonçalves-RS, Brazil
4Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul-UFRGS, Porto Alegre-RS, Brazil

Email: giuliano.pereira@embrapa.br

Keywords: UPLC-MS, vine management, phenolics, red wines, metabolome

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