Gran Hacienda Sauvigon Blanc Reserva, Santa Rita

VIntage: 2014

Country:  Chile

Region:  Casablanca Valley

Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure:  Screwcap

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. The two winemakers, Cecilia Torres and Andrés Ilabaca, have made the most of this exceptional resource in their comprehensive range.

Vineyard: The Casablanca Valley has a cool climate with a maritime influence from coastal breezes. The soil is of alluvial origin with a very fine loamy clay texture, high permeability and low moisture retention. Different clones have been planted for greater complexity. Each clone is harvested separately at its optimal ripeness.

Winery: Twenty percent of the grapes were cold macerated for eighteen hours below 5°C. The rest were crushed and immediately pressed. Free-run and low pressure juice was used to preserve the high fruit concentration, and the juice feremented at 13-14ºC. Some lees work was done before fining to build texture.

Taste : This Sauvignon boasts intense varietal aroma with dominant characters of grapefruit, citrus blossom, apricots and a background of cassis. Good intensity, concentration and balance, with a long lingering aftertaste.