Written by Larry Challacombe, President and Co-Founder, Global Vineyard Importers

The Cabernet Sauvignon variety is one of the best-known red grapes in the world. It grows in almost all the large wine-growing areas, in a diverse spectrum of climates. It is the product of the cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, and of course became famous for its presence in Bordeaux wine, specifically in the Medoc area. It adapts to a great variety of soils, climates, and latitudes.

Cabernet Sauvignon has thrived in Chile, making it the most plated variety in the country and with many of the most prestigious and sought-after wines in Chile produced from it. It flourishes especially in the Colchagua Valley and Maipo Valley, where the high sunshine, lack of growing season rains, and the breeze that comes down from the Andes Mountains that provides cool nights and grape aspiration.

The Chilean Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva seeks to show the elegance and finesse of the grapes produced in the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard with a 45% clay content that gives it richness but with a moderate alcohol content and the elegance of tannins.

Calcu Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon, also from Chile, seeks to express the elegance and personality of the variety provided by the slopes of granite soil and the cool breezes of the Pacific Ocean in the Marchigüe area of the Colchagua Valley. A concentrated wine, but with freshness and lively natural acidity.

Viña Maquis Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

The Vineyard

Viña Maquis is located in the heart of the Colchagua Valley between the Tinguiririca River and the Chimbarongo Creek. Both waterways act as pathways for cool coastal breezes that moderate the warm summers and have a dramatic effect on lowering the maximum temperatures by 2º–3ºC. This area with deep alluvial soils and a two-meter layer of highly concentrated clay set over a deeper layer of gravel—brought by the rivers—provide natural drainage that allows the grapes to lose the green characteristics very early in the season. The waterways also help moderate extreme weather conditions throughout the year by protecting the vineyards from spring frosts and lowering the maximum summer temperatures. These features are distinctive of Viña Maquis and uncommon in the rest of the Colchagua Valley.

Harvest & Winemaking

  • 100% hand picking and sorting of clusters and grapes.
  • Fermentation temperatures between 22-25°C in stainless steel tanks.
  • Total maceration time of 21 days.
  • Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
  • The winemaking process seeks to be very delicate in the extraction of aromas, color and tannins. For this the filling of vats is done by gravity, and the lifts are moderate both in frequency and intensity.
  • The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels .

Tasting Notes

  • Beautiful red color, very shiny. This Cabernet Sauvignon has outstanding red fruits aromas such as plums and black cherries. On the palate it reveals a good body with a great tannic structure. Good balance and complexity. The aftertaste is long, persistent and delicate, Rodrigo Romero, Winemaker, Viña Maquis.

Awards

  • 94 Points, Descorchados 2020.
  • 93 Points, Tim Atkin, 2020.
  • 90 Points, Robert Parker, 2019

Calcu Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon

The Vineyard

The vineyards from Ramadilla Estate are settled in the rolling hills of Marchigüe, where the ocean breeze that comes from the Pacific Ocean permeates the vines during day and night, helping to moderate the temperatures in the growing season and favoring low yields, good concentration and fresh fruit. The soils are granitic, with an important content of clay, but poor in organic matter. Due to the above, this vineyard delivers fantastic power, structure and elegance to its wines.

Harvest & Winemaking

  • 100% hand picking and sorting of clusters and grapes.
  • Fermentation temperatures between 22-24°C in stainless steel tanks.
  • Total maceration time of 21 days (including alcoholic fermentation and warm soak).
  • Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged for 8 months in French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

  • Calcu Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon is very rich, complex and full of character wine. It has a deep, bright red color. On the nose it reveals black cherries, dark chocolate and red plum aromas. On the palate it feels elegant with a tannic structure and a fresh and fruity finish, Rodrigo Romero, Calcu Winemaker.

Awards

  • 90 Points Descorchados, 2020