Tinta Tinto Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Maipo Valley, Chile
Striking Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon and great value too.
Fruit driven with savoury notes providing some welcome complexity. This wine has structure, balance and elegance. Ready for drinking now, but will also develop over the next few years, if you have the patience not to drink it soon!!
Grapes are sourced from the iconic vineyard of ‘El Mariscal’, a 120-ha single vineyard planted in 1994 mainly with Cabernet Sauvignon in ́La Pitana ́ commune, in the Northern part of the Maipo Valley. The soils are alluvial and covered with pebbles or ́cantos rodados’ that accumulate heat during the day to give it back to the vine during the night.
This region just south of Valparaiso also benefits from the cooling influence of the Pacific, with morning fogs generated by the Humboldt current. The family have taken time to form relationships with the growers they source to ensure organic management of the soils and vines.
They work organically, aiming to balance inputs and outputs, applying ‘negawatt philosophy’ alongside modern oenological knowledge and traditional winemaking techniques. Some irrigation is used.
All the winemaking is done by hand. Grapes are carefully handpicked and destemmed before undergoing semi-carbonic fermentation using native yeasts in small deposits. The wine racked off and is then aged for 17 months in second use barrels, before bottling without fining or filtration.
Flavours of wild blackberries and summer fruits. Well-structured, balanced and sophisticated with savoury, leathery notes and a persistent herbaceous finish.