Old vine Carignan from Maule, Chile - a critic favourite
Norwegian born ship owner Dan Odfjell discovered and fell in love with a small corner of the famous Maipo Valley in Chile over 25 years ago. He invested in some land which serendipitously turned out to be located in Chile's premium red wine producing valley, where Vitis Vinifera has been cultivated for over 400 years. While most other top producers in Chile work with relatively young wines, Odfjell has forged a unique reputation by rediscovering the forgotten wealth of Chile's winemaking past. In fact, they believe their Carignan vines in Cauquenes are the oldest in Chile at over 100 years old! Although,s at times, this was considered an eccentric move, interest in these old sites has since grown hugely.
Cauquenes is located in the Maule Valley, 175 m above sea level. the soil is deep red clay loam. The high temperatures are moderated by cool breezes from the Pacifc Ocean, and shoots are removed in late spring, leaves are pulled before fruit set, and the best clusters are selected before harvest.
Tasting Note: Deep and intense ruby colour with a touch of violet. This wine displays a never ending mix of aromas such as cherry liqueur, liquorice, white fruit such as apricots, white peaches, pears and a touch of lychee. A note of jasmine to wrap up. A refreshing experience.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 17.5/20 (2013)