Based in Lontué in the Curicó Valley, Valdivieso has a wealth of vineyards and the quality of their terroirs is shown by their Single Valley Lot/Valley Selection and Single Vineyard wines. The whole range encapsulates everything that Chile excels at: rich, vibrant flavours and smooth, glossy textures - and the wines deserve the multitude of gongs they have picked up in recent years. Well-travelled Kiwi winemaker, Brett Jackson, has settled in Chile and much of Valdivieso’s success in recent years can be credited to his talent.
Grapes here are obtained from the Chada vineyard, located in the Maipo Valley. This valley, more than any other of the Chilean valleys, is recognized for producing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The hot summers and soft autumns contribute to obtain an optimum maturity, where the fruit develops great aromas, powerful structure, soft tannins and all the characteristic elegance of the Cabernet Sauvignon from this Chilean terroir.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Harvest is by hand in the last week of April. The bunches go through a meticulous manual selection and are then gently destemmed. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, taking some 7 to 10 days at a controlled temperature of 26° to 28°C. The must is pumped back over the pomace three times during the day. The wine stays 7 to 14 days in post-fermentative maceration to extract the best colour and tannins available. The wine is stored for 12 months in French oak barrels, of which 35% are new.
Deep ruby red with violet tints. Complex in the nose. Fruit aromas are of ripe blacks fruits, especially blackberries and black cherries. Menthol notes are mixed with subtle spices like vanilla, cinnamon and coffee. Elegant on the palate: full bodied, structured with marked but silky tannins. The fruit is balanced with a rich acidity that imparts fine longevity to the wine.
All told, an excellent, well-balanced Chilean Cabernet.