Cachapoal Andes Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah

Cachapoal Andes

Sanama Reserva

Sanama Reserva wines are made at Chateau Los Boldos from a combination of...

estate fruit (younger vines) and from grapes that have been bought in from neighbouring growers in Cachapoal. The wines have nicely defined and clearly expressed varietal characters and are forward and ready for drinking. Víctor Arce Gatica, the new chief winemaker at Chateau Los Boldos, arrived at the estate in 2016 after previously working at Perez Cruz and for Paul Hobbs. His input will become increasingly apparent in these wines.

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Vineyards

The Sanama wines come from the Santa Amalia vineyards, located on the generous alluvial soils of the Cachapoal Andes Valley.They are protected from the moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean by the coastal mountains, but the influence of the Andes ensures warm days and cool nights. This provides ideal ripening conditions for the grapes, resulting in ripe tannins and attractive perfumes.

Vintage Information

With wine regions spanning over 1000km, the Chile 2016 vintage was always going to have regional variation. But, most areas experienced a cooler and wetter year, with some reporting high humidity. This resulted in lighter wines and a 20% drop in production versus 2015.

Vinification

Maceration on the skins for two days in stainless steel tanks was followed by fermentation for eight days at temperatures between 25-28°C. The wine then went through malolactic fermentation to soften acidity. Finally, the wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for four months before bottling to soften tannins and add complexity.

Tasting Notes

Deep red ruby with dark purple hues. Aromas of red fruits like raspberries and plums with a hint of spices. Fruity, with soft, juicy tannins and a pleasant finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Cachapoal Andes
Winemaker Victor Arce
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 3.01g/l
Residual Sugar 1.59g/l
Wine pH 3.75