COUNTRY/REGION: Chile/Aconcagua Valley.
GRAPES: 43% Syrah, 15% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Carmenere and 8% Grenache.
This blend shows an intense and deep ruby red colour with violet hues. On the nose it displays floral notes reminiscent of violets, then the red fruit appears, raspberry and pomegranate, all elegantly accompanied by soft notes of fine pastry and nuts. The palate is balanced and juicy, with round and elegant tannins. It is lively and has tension, which predicts excellent ageing potential. Very long and persistent on the palate.
VINEYARDS: The grapes for MAX VIII come from a selection of the different vineyards in the Aconcagua Valley, where climatic conditions, soil, topography, exposure and height vary thanks to the transversal position of the valley in the Chilean geography. The climate goes from a cool climate, close to the coast (40 km) to a Mediterranean climate, more inland from the valley (70 km) thanks to the presence of the cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean that finally decreases at the foot of the Andes Mountains. The soils of the vineyards change their texture due to their different geological origins, in a range that goes from alluvial soils formed by deposits of the Aconcagua River, to colluvial soils originated from rocks from the slopes. The special conditions of nutrition and drainage of these different soils help to develop the varieties of this blend, producing balanced grapes for this wine.
VINTAGE: As opposed to last year, during this season the climate conditions favoured a higher productivity in the vineyards. Temperatures behaved within the historical frames and the season ended with mild conditions, thus allowing for a very balanced ripeness and harvest, positive in aspects of health, and generous in highly complex flavours.
WINEMAKING: Harvest by hand. Cold maceration at 8 -12 °C, 3 - 7 days in stainless steel tanks. Alcoholic Fermentation at 23 - 28¼C, 5 -10 days in stainless steel tanks plus 10 - 30 days of extended grape solids contact period. Aging in 225L oak barrels for 20 months.