Friday, 3 August 2007

TN : Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Medella Real Single Estate, Santa Rita, Valle del Maipo, Chile

This is made from 20 year old vineyards Alto Jahuel in the Maipo Valley. The vineyard has a sub-humid Mediterranean climate. The vineyards are located 500m – 550m above sea level. The rains fall mainly in winter with a 500 mm/year average. Spring is fresh and dry and summer is hot and dry with temperatures occasionally reaching over 30°C. The influence of the Andes Mountains is expressed by an ample thermal oscillation of over 15°C between day and night and a gradual decrease in temperatures towards the end of summer, allowing the grapes to slowly ripen thus, the berries maintain their fruit concentration and proper tannin maturing. The soils are of alluvial origin, stratified and gently sloped with medium depth, a loamy texture and basic pH.

Each lot is vinified separately in accordance with its optimum point of ripeness. Vinification, in terms of temperature and extraction, is performed based on the individual characteristics of each lot, between 25° and 28°C. The extraction is usually more violent at the beginning of the fermentation process and is gradually reduced based on its development and increase in the level of alcohol. Post fermentative maceration is performed on some batches in order to assure the best possible balance. The wine is aged 12 to 14 months in French oak barrels, 40% new, 30% second year and 30% third year. The winemaker was Andres Ilabaca. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The pH is 3.58, acidity is 5.19 grammes per litre (tartaric acid), and residual sugar is 3.09 grammes per litre. According to the winemaking notes published by Santa Rita, the alcohol level is 14.5% (not what it states on the bottle but probably an allowed deviation by law).

It is imported by Amka.

Colour : Cassis, purple

Aroma : Oak, blackcurrant, olives

Taste : Overoaked, sandalwood, blackcurrant, dark fruits, toast, vanilla

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 143 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Santa Rita

Website : Amka

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