Viña Echeverria 'Family Reserve', Curico Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Viña Echeverria 'Family Reserve', Curico Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Elegant with beautifully balanced and full ripe blackfruit enhanced by a delicate hint of mint

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Vintage - 2015

Country - Chile

Region - Curicó Valley

Grape Varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Viña Echeverría is a family-run estate winery, owned and managed by the Echeverría family. Established in 1930, but with an agricultural heritage going back to the 1700s, Viña Echeverría is as much today, as always, driven by a shared passion for winemaking and an uncompromising search for excellence. Viña Echeverría combines nearly a century of viticulture and winemaking experience with a modern state-of-the-art winery, to produce a range of over 20 quality wines from nine different grape varieties. It has recently been awarded its Sustainable Winery status by Wines of Chile, as well as its ISO9000 certification.

The season was marked by a spring without frosts, resulting in a good flowering and fruit setting of the varieties. Higher temperatures during December and February favoured a rapid accumulation of sugar and acidity loss; therefore the vineyards were given an adequate water regime to control the ripening process. Reds ripened slowly as the temperatures returned to normal during March and April . The harvest took place one week earlier than usual and resulted in wines of high quality, with intense fine tannins and high aromatic potential.

Viña Echeverria's vineyards and winery are located in Molina in the Curico Valley. Situated on the 35th parallel south, between the towering Andes mountains and the cool Pacific Ocean, this privileged viticultural zone with its cold nights and warm dry days, intense sunlight and long growing season is ideally suited to produce healthy vines and grapes. The cooling influence of the oceanic breeze, allows both red and whites grapes to achieve outstanding fruit aromas and exceptional colour concentration. The rows are planted in an east-westerly direction, to maximise the sun's exposure. Working with a model of micro viticulture, each plot, of no more than half a hectare, is identified according to its terroir and microclimate and planted accordingly. Grapes are subjected to specific pruning, irrigation, canopy management and harvesting, which results in grapes of optimum quality and flavour. The soil is alluvial in origin, clay loam with the presence of stone at 80cm.

The grapes were manually harvested and carefully selected by hand. Fermentation took place in 12,000 litre open stainless steel tanks over a period of 10 days, at controlled temperatures of between 25 to 28°C. Selected yeasts were used during the fermentation. An extended skin maceration followed, lasting for eight days, in order to extract the desired levels of colour, fine tannins and aromatics. The wine then went through 100% malolactic fermentation, before being aged in 225 litre French oak barrels for between 12 and 14 months.

The Family Reserva wines are created from the best grapes, carefully picked and selected by hand. This rich and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon combines aromas of ripe cherries and plums, with hints of dark chocolate, leather and delicate smoky notes. A full bodied wine, with round and mature tannins and a smooth persistent finish. Delicious with barbecued red meats, roasted and grilled beef; slow roasted lamb; pastas with rich sauces and mature cheese..