The steep, well-drained slopes of the Apalta hillsides produce intensity of flavors unmatched anywhere else in Chile. After years of growing grapes in this small appellation, our winemaker, Sergio Hormazabal, made an important discovery. The traditional VSP trellising system could be improved by letting some of the vine shoots hang over the grapes, creating an awning effect and allowing extended hang time for the fruit, and greater flavor development. Essentially, the clusters of grapes ripen at a constant, gentle rate without excessive sunshine or heat. As a result, they develop fruity aromas but do not become overripe. The tannins are present, but smooth and well-balanced.
The Cabernet Sauvignon provides blackberry notes, with pepper and cassis aromas, while also giving the wine its structured tannins. The Syrah gives the wine a sweet juicy palate with hints of blueberries. The Merlot adds a touch of softness and the Petit Verdot adds to the length and color. All the fruit comes from our low-yielding Apalta vineyards.
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