Rafael Tirado is the creator and winemaker of the boutique Laberinto, based in a stunning location overlooking Lake Colbun, Maule. Sited at the foothills of the Andes, 600m above sea level, this is considered the coolest spot in Chile, with wines of a naturally lower pH than the Leyda valley. High-density plantings on volcanic ash and clay impart an undeniable minerality to Rafael’s Sauvignon Blanc, which is gaining something of a cult following. The unusual curves (or labyrinths) of the vineyards - hence Laberinto - were planted to achieve more complexity through varying exposures of the fruit to the sun.
The grapes were hand harvested from vines that are now over 20 years old. The vineyard sits on soil comprising of volcanic ash (cenizas is ashes in Spanish). After fermentation and pressing the grapes spend between four and six hours macerating in the press. The wine stayed in contact with its fine lees for three months before bottling.
A fresh profile with minerality, poise, and an intense yet subtle nose of citric, herbal and wet stone aromas. The palate is sharp and precise, vibrant and very focused with very high acidity that makes you salivate, it doesn''t dry your palate, it makes you want to keep drinking. Its very tasty, ending with a mineral, supple, almost saline note. It''s as if it were made out of stones, not grapes!
This wine goes particularly well with grilled seabass, asparagus and chips, young cheeses and Asian cuisine with herbs and lime.