The vineyard is planted on a gentle, south-facing slope and therefore receives much less sunshine in the summer, making it cooler. The area gets quite windy in the afternoons because of its proximity to the Maipo river gorge. All of these factors make this vineyard a cooler place than the rest of Maipo. The soil on the slope is of colluvial origin broken up by very stony layers. This soil is perfect for planting Cabernet Sauvignon because of its low fertility, which naturally controls the growth and production of grapes, resulting in very high quality. The grapes therefore ripen more slowly, producing fresher and more elegant wines.The grapes were hand-harvested into 20kg-bins to avoid any damage to the fruit. The harvest began in the first week in April, when this variety had reached the optimum phenolic ripeness. The clusters were later very carefully selected, then destemmed and selected one last time. The fermentation took place in small stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The maceration occurred after the alcoholic fermentation. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for ten months.
Purity of fruit are hallmarks of all wines from this vineyard, and with Tabali's 'icon' wine from Maipo, there is explosive blackcurrant lift on the nose. Aromas of cedar, rosehip and star anise add complexity. The palate is full bodied and rich, but with a lovely vein of freshness which provides balance. Tannis give enough grip to pull everything together but their fine grain makes for a supple and very long finish.
A worthy match to lamb, especially richer dishes like ragout, slow-cooked lamb shanks or casseroles. Also pairs wonderfully with a black olive pizza or creamy porcini mushroom tagliatelle.