Echeverria Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The vineyards are located in Maipo Alto in the Central Valley. Alto Maipo reaches into the foothills and produces some of Chile’s leading Cabernet Sauvignons.
- The afternoon sun warms the vineyards and the cool mountains breezes that slide down the hillsides at night create a broad oscillation between daytime and night-time temperatures, all of which makes for perfect conditions for bold yet elegant red wines, especially the regional star, Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, from ungrafted selected clones of prephylloxera French rootstock.
Varietal Composition: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Carmenere
Elaboration: 100% hand-picked in 18kg boxes and carried to the estate winery immediately after cutting. Fermented to dryness in stainless steel tanks for 7-10 days at 77 – 83°F controlled temperature with selected yeasts. Extended skin maceration for additional 6-8 days. 100% malolactic fermentation. Aged in 225 liter French oak barrels for between 10 and 12 months.
Tasting Notes: Intense aromas of red cherries and black pepper with a smoky, earthy background. In the mouth this is a medium-bodied wine with mellow, fresh tannins and lingering notes of eucalyptus, with a delicious and persistent finish.
The Echeverría family came to Chile in the 1750s, from a little town called Amezqueta in the Basque region of Spain. They established agricultural properties just north of Santiago, where they planted vineyards, among other crops. Over time vineyard holdings have grown to 65 hectares, and Viña Echeverría remains a family-owned and managed estate winery, occupying the same location for as long as anyone can remember. Family owned wineries are, as we know, not at all the norm in Chile. This sets Echeverría apart and it shows in the personality of their finished wines. Roberto Echeverría Jr continues to lead all activities here and if you get the chance to meet him make sure you do so!