This excellent expression of Chile’s signature grape combines plump blackberry and cherry fruit with savoury notes of graphite and fresh herbs. Fine structure and poise on the palate precedes a long, moreish aftertaste.
Beef · Pasta · Lamb · Poultry
Morandé was founded in 1996 by Pablo Morandé, and found immediate recognition both domestically and abroad. Morandé are true pioneers – they were the first family to develop the Casablanca D.O., recognising the fantastic potential of this cool-climate wine region. They also led the way in reviving old viticultural regions such as Maule and Itata, working with old dry-farmed bush vines and unconventional varieties such as Carignan, País and Cinsault. All of the wines are produced with grapes from Morandé’s own vineyards. Their winemaking philosophy is guided by seeking the right terroir for each grape variety, and with significant vineyard holdings they are well placed to achieve this.
The grapes come from the Romeral Vineyard in the Maipo Valley and were picked in late April and early May. A large proportion of the soils are alluvial with the presence of gravel and a significant clay content. The vines are vertically positioned and double guyot pruned. Harvest took place in mid-April.
The grapes were crushed and immediately fermented at up to 28oC with 12 days on skins. Twenty percent of the wine was aged in fifth-use oak barrels (French and American) for six months before blending and bottling.