Cachapoal Andes Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah

Cachapoal Andes

Sanama Reserva

Chateau Los Boldos was founded in 1991 and is situated 100km south of...

Santiago in the foothills of the Cachapoal Andes. Working with a portion of old vines originally planted in 1948, their focus from an early stage has been on the production of premium wines. The estate has been transformed since being purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the right variety to the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit, and the results – significantly improved grapes – are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2015.

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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