Gapes are located 570–600 m asl on one of the terraces of the Los Morros vineyard on the southern bank of the Maipo River. The vineyards are vertically positioned, and drip irrigated with a northeastern exposure. The soils have a very deep layer of loam to clay-loam texture with abundant stones in the profile, which affords excellent drainage. These are very deep soils with well-defined horizons resulting from deposits. They are low in organic matter (2%) and have a slightly alkaline pH . Cabernet Saugvinon grapes were harvested, destammed and then dropped into fermentation tanks where they underwenta 5-day pre-fermentation cold maceration at 8ºC. Alcoholic fermentation took place solely with native yeasts in stainless steel at temperatures that varied between 24º and 26ºC with a program of pumpovers or punchdowns in accordance with enological criteria, followed by a post-fermentation maceration. Total maceration time was 20 days. Malolactic fermentation took place naturally in barrels and ovoid tanks. Next, the wine aged for 13 months in foudres, French oak barrels, and concrete egg tanks. Finally, the wine is stabilized naturally,without treatments. Then it was lightly filtered with a 3–5-micron filter prior to bottling. The Wine was aged for 13 months in 40% in foudres, 34% in concrete egg tanks and 26% in French oak barrels of varying ages.
A lovely example of cabernet sauvignon with a beautiful purity. Ruby red in colour with a bright nose that offers aromas of ripe blackcurrant and licorice along with cedar wood notes. The palate recalls black currants and red cherry fruit with star anise spice, ripe tannis and a full juicy finish.
An interesting wine with meat-based dishes and stews. Ideal with oven-roasted pork ribs, grilled beef, or slow-cooked lamb. It is also excellent with duck magret and with strong, aged cheeses such as Emmental or rich, creamy cheeses such as Camembert.
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