Gran Hacienda Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Rita

Vintage: 2015

Country: Chile

Region : Maipo Valley

Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 14%

Closure : Cork

Producer : Santa Rita was founded in 1880, a boom time for Chile, and was a driving force from the very start; the founder, Domingo Fernández, introduced not just French equipment and expertise but also electricity to the Alto Jahuel region, where the winery is still based. As Chile’s second largest owner of vineyards, Santa Rita can draw on a great diversity of terroir, where the various grape varieties are matched to the soil and climate of individual regions.

Vineyard : This estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Alto Jahuel in the Maipo Valley. The climate is sub-humid Mediterranean, with warm, dry summers. Located at the foothills of the Andes, the temperature variations between day and night can be as much as 20°C. Soils are  of alluvial origin with a top layer of loam. The rocky subsoil ensures good drainage of rainwater and stimulates good root development.

Winery : Fermentation began at 25-28ºC to maximise colour extraction, then continued at a lower temperature. A long post-ferment maceration at low temperatures followed. Sixty percent of the wine was aged in American oak barrels for eight months, while the remainder was aged in stainless steel vats.

Taste : An expressive, balanced and persistent wine. Its aromas recall ripe black fruit, plums and fine herbs, gracefully combined with vanilla, cloves and fragrant spices. The palate it is complex, full-bodied and long, with a subtle backdrop of oak and a smooth, fruity finish.