Chateau Los Boldos Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (1x75cl)
Chateau Los Boldos was founded in 1991 and is situated 100km south of Santiago in the foothills of the Cachapoal Andes. Working with a portion of old vines originally planted in 1948, their focus from an early stage has been on the production of premium wines. The estate has been transformed since being purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the right variety to the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit, and the results – significantly improved grapes – are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2015.
Los Boldos has 170 hectares of vineyards which benefit from a Mediterranean climate. The clear, bright skies during the summer and the high diurnal temperature range are ideal for growing fruit that maintains fresh acidity while ripening to perfection. The nearby Cachapoal river also moderates temperatures, while stony alluvial soils in the vineyard ensure low yields. Los Boldos makes wine exclusively from their own vineyards, therefore controlling everything from grape to bottle. The wines for the Grande Réserve range are produced with hand-harvested grapes sourced from vineyards that are more than 15 years old.
Due to El Niño weather patterns, 2016 had a relatively cool growing season with heavy rains in April. This reduced yields but also lengthened the ripening season, allowing for the slow maturation of grapes which benefitted flavour development.
The must saw three days of maceration in stainless steel tanks to aid colour and flavour extraction from the grape before undergoing a 20 day fermentation and further maceration at 25-28°C. The wine spent 10 months in French oak barrels before bottling.
The wine’s intense ruby colour echoes its aromas of cherry, plum and cassis, with touches of leather and smoke. The palate is fantastically balanced, with ripe tannins and a long persistent finish.
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