French immigrants David and Salvador Michel founded the El Esteco winery in 1892, taking advantage of this special region to produce distinctive and elegant high-end wines, with great concentration of colour, deep aromas and well-defined flavours.
The vines for this wine grow in deep, poor, rocky soils and get their irrigation from the Andes. There is a wide thermal amplitude with big differences (approximatelly 22° C between the minimun during the cold mornings and nights, and the maximun during sunny days). it is a very dry climate with little rainfall (120mm of rain a year, 15% humidity and 350 days of sunshine). The mornings and nights are cold and when this is combined with long hot days, it result in wines that are highly concentrated in colour, aroma and flavour with a unique fruity character.
The grapes are carefully selected by hand and transferred to the winery. Pre-fermentation maceration takes place at 8°C in stainless steel tanks. Both native and selected yeasts are used in the fermentation process for added complexity. After fermentation, malolactic fermentation occurs in contact with oak. 70% of the wine is aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels. The final blend is made with the extra 30%, which has been preserved in stainless steel tanks.
A medium-full bodied wine with notes of cooked plums, prunes and violets. Well balanced with soft tannins & notes of red fruits & hints of chocolate.