ELQUI red blend 2016
about the wine
most of the carmenere component in this wine comes from the nearly impossible to farm el tambo vineyard which is one of the more intense vineyard sites you’ll find in chile. carmenere grapes in el tambo are harvested in mid-june and are literally the last wine grapes harvested in all of chile, picked after all of the leaves have fallen to the ground. steffan calls this his favorite site for carmenere chile and he feels lucky to own it.
most of the malbec in the blend comes from the stunningly beautiful peralillo vineyard which sits on a moderate slope just below the tallest mountain in the region. these own rooted vines were massal selections from a now retired farmer steffan met in maipo some years back. this warm site brings a ripeness and a floral component that you just don’t see from other sites planted to malbec in chile.
syrah fruit from the cool climate maiten vineyard keeps things elegant – it is a rocky, sandy, ancient riverbed sitting 25 miles inland from the pacific ocean. tasting notes
deep and dark almost creamy nose gives way for black currant, meat, earth and spicy minerals from the ancient elqui river bed. rich and mouth filling with an incredible amount of suave creamy fine grained tannins. young and brooding but with an incredible smooth and velvety approach. lingering spice and fruit blends with the more mineral laden flavors of the micro terroir of the elqui valley. broad, big and bold but sophisticatedly pleasing!!! if you want value for money this is where its at!!!!!