Thursday, 27 September 2007

TN : 1865 Cabernet Sauvingon Riserva, 2004, Cachapoal Valley, Vina San Pedro, Chile

This is a wine that tastes exactly as it smells. Was lacking in concentration somewhat.

The Cachapoal valley lies in the Rapel region, south of Santiago.

The grapes were hand-harvested in 20-kg boxes early in the morning to avoid high temperatures. The grapes were harvested with 24–25º brix. The vineyard yield is 6- 8 tons per hectare. When the grapes reached the cellar, they were kept cold for a pre-fermentative maceration for 2 to 3 days. This pre-fermentative maceration ensured a gentle extraction of colour, taste and aromas from the skin. Then the alcoholic fermentation took place for 8 to 10 days reaching temperatures lower than 27°C. Pump overs took place three times a day. Once the wine had completed fermentation, a post-fermentative maceration was undertaken, which lasted for 1-2 weeks. The wine was then transferred to French oak barrels, where it remained for 12 months, 30% of these barrels were new. The wine was clarified with natural egg whites and after a very thick filtration was bottled.

In 1865, the Correa Albano brothers, Bonifacio and Jose Gregorio, founded Vina San Pedro. Vina San Pedro is the second largest Chilean wine exporter and Chile's third biggest winery. The winery can be visited, Monday through Saturday. Tours start at 11:00 am and last for 2 hours. The cost is $6,000 Pesos per person. Book at least two days in advance.

This wine is imported by Vin & Sprit AB, Stockholm.

Colour : Dark red, ruby

Aroma : Blackcurrant, slight oak touches, vanilla, dark fruits, red fruits

Taste : Vanillary oak finish, blackcurrant, dark fruits, some red fruits

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 149 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Vina San Pedro
Website : Vin & Sprit

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