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Producer: Vina EcheverriaGrape Varieties: 100% Cabernet SauvignonOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Vibrant intensely fruity redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: CorkCountry: Chile
Viña Echeverría is a family-run estate winery, owned and managed by the Echeverría family. Established in 1930, but with an agricultural heritage going back to the 1700s, Viña Echeverría is as much today, as always, driven by a shared passion for winemaking and an uncompromising search for excellence. Viña Echeverría combines nearly a century of viticulture and winemaking experience with a modern state-of-the-art winery, to produce an extensive collection of quality wines. The 'No es Pituko' range represents a radical departure from the rest of the more traditional Echeverría wines, both in look and make-up, being vinified naturally, without any additions at any stage. Viña Echeverría has recently been awarded its Sustainable Winery status by Wines of Chile, as well as its ISO9000 certification.
The 2020 harvest will never be forgotten. The Covid 19 pandemic hit during harvest, which followed a very hot season. A warm, dry winter was followed by three days of freezing temperatures in early October. However, the temperatures warmed up and the season was characterised by being hot and dry, resulting in a short and early harvest, yielding concentrated grapes full of flavour.
The grapes come from La Estancia Vineyard in the Curicó Valley, situated at 243 metres above sea-level. The climate is Mediterranean with long, dry summers and intense sunlight. There is a marked diurnal temperature range, where the cooler evenings encourage balancing natural acidity and aromatic complexity in the fruit. The 20-year-old vines are grown in alluvium soils, with clay-loam content and the presence of stone at 80 centimetres depth. The soils are fertile, which allows the vines to express their full fruit potential. The vines are trained on the Lyre system which enables the air and sun to circulate through the vine canopy, helping to prevent mildew and keep the fruit healthy. The vineyards are sustainably cultivated.
'No es Pituko' is Chilean slang for 'it ain't fancy' reflecting the fact that this wine was vinified naturally, without any additions at any stage. The grapes were hand-harvested and brought to the winery in 18 kilogram boxes to preserve the quality. They were de-stemmed, pressed and cooled at 8°C, before being fermented with wild yeasts from the environment. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures of 23 to 27°C and lasted for 12 to 15 days. The wine rested on its lees for three months without any influence of oak to showcase the purity of fruit. The wine was not filtered or fined before bottling, which may result in a slightly cloudy appearance. Small batches of wine are bottled on demand during the year.
A vibrant and intense Cabernet Sauvignon, with a slightly cloudy appearance due to the natural vinification. Lively and inviting fruity aromas of red fruits and green pepper lead to a fresh palate with silky, soft tannins and raspberry, chocolate and liquorice tones.
Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
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