This month we are making our Wine Club trip to Chile. All our wines this month are Certified Organic anproduced by Haras de Pirque located in Pirque, which is one of the most prestigious and historical areas of the Maipo Valley Chile.   We are excited to share these new wines with you and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.  Cheers!

Hussonet Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 2014

 

90 Points ~ James Suckling!

Deep red color. Notes of toffee and caramel with a light herbal and fresh notes coming from the Andes Region. In the mouth is concentrated but soft, with sandy tannins that evolve nicely. A true classic from the Andes region.

 

Food Pairings
  • Beef Pot Roast
  • Beef Stew
  • Empanadas
Albaclara Sauvignon Blanc 2017

 

 

91 Points ~ James Suckling!

Bright greenish color. Nice and intense flavors of herbal notes and citric fruits. Fresh and persistent with a nice structure coming from Maipo grapes (24%) and a great acidity and freshness from Leyda coastal grapes (76%).

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Fish/Trout
  • Garlic Prawns
  • Grilled Chicken or Lamb
Reserva de Propiedad 2016

 

 

 

90 Points ~ Wine Spectator!

Deep red color. Notes of tobacco and red fruits as fresh fruits and cherries. After a moment, Maipo Andes aromas fill the glass with mint and herbal notes giving a nice fresh feeling. In the mouth it is soft and balanced with a persistent and juicy finish.

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Pork
  • Beef Brisket
  • Lamb with mint

The Region

The estate is situated in Pirque, one of the most prestigious and historical areas of the Maipo Valley. At the foothills of the cordillera de Los Andes, in the central area of the country, in a privileged zone for planting vineyards. Between 500 and 800 meters above sea level is the Maipo Alto, an area with mild thermal oscillation where native vegetation such as myrtle and boldos thrive, which on certain occasions gives the wines distinctive balsamic notes. Thus, the wines produced in this area achieve a high concentration of tannins, great structure and intense color.  Grapes were hand-picked end of April. The parcels selected for this wine are organically managed preserving the characteristics of the Pirque area.

The Terrior

The vineyards are located south of the Maipo River, between 550 and 660 meters above sea level, in the northern foothills of the Andes. The climate is semi-arid Mediterranean, highly influenced by the proximity of the mountain range and the Pacific Ocean anticyclone that rises through the open valley, thus providing specific characteristics to this enclave that allow the interaction of unique climatic factors. Rains have a marked seasonality and are mainly concentrated between the months of June and August. The position of the vineyards and the prominence of the land determine a difference of over 36°F in temperature between day and night. The great temperature swings favor a slow ripening and, as a consequence, excellent quality of the grapes. 

Organic Farming

In 2006, the property started to develop the organic management of Maipo-Andes vineyards, which was completed in 2016. Today all the grapes and wines from Pirque are organic, certified by the CERES institute, which means that in their production process only environmentally-friendly products are being used. The soil management is carried out exclusively by machine without the use of herbicides, while fertilization is made with natural compounds such as compost. In turn, the wines are fermented with natural yeasts selected from the vineyard, making sure that the characteristics of its surroundings are reflected in the wines. In order to enhance the attention to even the smallest details, in Haras the Pirque the harvest is conducted by hand. That means that the grapes arrive in the cellar in perfect condition in order to be immediately processed, preserving all their quality potential.

 

 

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