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Producer: Vina EcheverriaGrape Varieties: 100% Cabernet SauvignonOptimum Drinking: Within 10 yearsWine Style: Complex full bodied redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: CorkCountry: Chile
Viña Echeverria is a family-run estate winery, owned and managed by the Echeverria family. Established in 1930, but with an agricultural heritage going back to the 1700s, Viña Echeverria is as much today, as always, driven by a shared passion for winemaking and an uncompromising search for excellence. Viña Echeverria combines nearly a century of viticulture and winemaking experience with a modern state-of-the-art winery, to produce a range of over 20 quality wines from nine different grape varieties. It has recently been awarded its Sustainable Winery status by Wines of Chile, as well as its ISO9000 certification.
The vineyard is located in Maipo Alto in the Central Valley. Alto Maipo reaches into the foothills of the Andean Mountains; the vineyard is situated at elevations of between 400 to 800 metres above sea level. The afternoon sun warms the vineyard and the cool mountain breezes that slide down the hillside at night create a broad oscillation between day and night temperatures. This diurnal temperature difference creates perfect conditions for bold yet elegant red wines, especially the regional star Cabernet Sauvignon. Careful pruning is carried out to allow the correct balance between the canopy and the fruit, while irrigation is carefully managed to avoid dehydration. The vines are grown in medium fertility soils of mostly red and black clay.
A manual harvest took place when the grapes had reached optimal phenolic ripeness, they were then carried immediately to the winery in 18kg boxes and were carefully selected. The grapes were fermented in 15,000 litre stainless steel vats for 10 days at controlled temperatures of between 25 to 28°C with selected yeasts. An extended skin maceration took place for an additional 10 to 15 days. The wine then went through 100% malolactic fermentation, before being aged in 225 litre new French oak barrels for 18 months. The wine was blended and returned to barrels for six additional months.
Vibrant aromas of cherries, plums, strawberries and blackberries combine beautifully with eucalyptus and menthol aromas. An opulent and soft palate with black pepper and bitter chocolate flavours create a well balanced wine, with a very distinct and elegant personality.
A treat with red meat dishes with rich flavours; roasted or grilled beef, lamb, sausages, pastas with rich sauces and mature cheeses.
Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Syrah 10%, Carmenère 5%
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