COUNTRY/REGION: Chile/Maipo Valley.
GRAPES: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot.
WINEMAKER NOTES: Deep violet-ruby-red colour with an intense, complex nose that recalls red fruits such as raspberries and cherries with a light floral note intermingled with cassis and tobacco. The fruit character is confirmed and heightened on the palate by its excellent acidity. The result is a very fresh wine that is ample and juicy with good volume and elegant tannins that lend excellent structure complemented by a light touch of cedar, chocolate, and sweet spices. A wine with tremendous cellaring potential.
VINEYARDS: Viñedo Chadwick is located in Puente Alto, at the foot of the Andes Mountains on the north bank of the Maipo River in the south-eastern sector of Santiago. The property's 15 hectares are in the Alto Maipo area, considered one of the Maipo Valley's best terroirs, especially for producing Bordeaux red varieties of exceptional quality. The vineyard elevation and the cool morning breezes from the Andes and the moderate daytime temperatures allow the grapes to reach the perfect state of ripeness without losing any of its bright, fresh acidity. The broad variation between daytime and night-time temperatures is one of the factors that lead to intense colour in the wines from this area. The moderately fertile soils of alluvial origin with rocky subsoil have excellent drainage, which allows for an ideal balance between plant growth and fruit yield.
VINTAGE: 2009 experienced on average higher temperatures than usual thorough the growing season and mostly in the months of March and April. Consequently, the decision was made to harvest the grapes on the morning sun side of the canopy and those on the afternoon sun side at different times, as there were great differences in their degree of ripening. The quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon harvested in the "AM" sector (more protected from the sun) was excellent, lively, and intensely fruity, with good acidity and structure. The "PM" side displayed somewhat more rustic, with less refined tannins and notably less colour and acidity, which shows the importance of the harvesting decision that ensured us a 2009 vintage of excellent quality but less quantity.
WINE MAKING: The grapes were hand-picked and the must was fermented in small stainless steel vats at temperatures ranging from 26°- 30°C. The wine was then aged for 22 months in French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation also took place in order to help the integration with the oak.
TASTING NOTES: The ultimate Chilean expression, Viñedo Chadwick is full-bodied and fine with rich red fruit, spicy oak, cocoa and coffee nuances together with ripe tannins, silky elegance and a lingering finish; it can be enjoyed on release or aged for at least 10 years to gain complexity.
DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other micro climatic factors.
As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.