(2017) The words 'Viñedo Centenario' on the label tell you that this blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Malbec comes from vineyards planted over 100 years ago in Chile's Colchagua Valley. There's a beautifully light touch to this wine, both in colour and aroma, which along with the modest alcohol indicates a gently and carefully made wine that respects these ancient vines. There is black fruit - cherry and blackcurrant - but also a little herbal and briar note, spice and pepper, and some of Malbec's floral lift. In the mouth there's a lovely balance of savoury and sweet, with a sour cherry tang to the acidity, gentle but very tannins and the finish showing fruit and savoury spices. Watch the video for more details.
(2015) Emiliana This is southern hemisphere red wine at its big and bountiful best, the abundantly fruity expression of a Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec, Merlot and Mourvèdre blend is all bitter dark chocolate and violet, rippled with creamy oak and filling the mouth with fleshy black fruits and clove spice. Overflowing with flavour, it's sensationally smooth but has the tannin and acid structure under that weight of plush fruit to cellar for several years.
(2015) Adorned with a "94 Points" sticker (from Chilean wine magazine, Descorchados), this is a Rhône blend of 68% Grenache with 21% Mourvèdre and Syrah from the Punta del Viento zone of the Colchagua Valley. The wine was aged for 13 months in 2nd and 3rd-fill oak. Richly aromatic, there is spice and toast, game and bloody aromas abounding, but this is perfumed too, some floral notes and fresh-cracked white pepper lift. In the mouth this has substance and density, the solid berry fruits layered with cocoa and juicy cherry, silky tannins and a long, integrated finish. It's big stuff with its 15% alcohol, but does not seem too heavy or alcoholic.
(2010) This wine is a Carmenère-dominated blend also featuring Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, aged for a year in new French oak. The wine shrugs off that oak with east aromatically, displaying a tight, muscular blue-black fruit density and just cedar and spices in the background, a little hint of black pepper. On the palate this has very firm fruit and great focus. The tannins are tight and sinewy, the acidity is good, and the depth of the black fruit fills the mid-palate. On the finish more spice, and a rounding out of glossy, plum and chocolate weight. Modern, plush and some would say a little too showy, but really very delicious and structured too.
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