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Viu Manent Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

Tasting Notes

A Cabernet made with some incredibly old vine material, some over 100 years old that sells for way south of $15? Sounds like something from the way back time machine. Well it is possible and this Chilean Cabernet out of the Colchagua Valley, from Viu Manet, is a beauty that is a throwback to a bygone era when wines with alcohol levels in the mid 13% range were the norm and not the  14%-14.5% alcohol range that seems to be the standard from just about everywhere these days. The 2020 Viu Manent Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is beautifully balanced, and one of those great options for a go-to house pour this summer, there is a lot to like here.

Winery: Viu Manent
Region: ,
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
SKU: VIUCAB2021 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Food Accompaniments: grilled meats
Viu Manent Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

$12.99

Awards/Reviews

 

92 pts Descorchados – Patricio Tapia

An excellent value for money in this cabernet made from very old vines, some of which are more than 100 years old, planted in the Cunaco area in the center of the Colchagua Valley. It also has a bit (4%) from younger cabernet franc vineyards. It’s generous in spicy tones, ripe red fruits, and tannins that attach themselves gently to the palate. For a nice cut of grilled meat.  

Winemaker Notes

The grapes for this wine primarily come from the San Carlos Vineyard located near Cunaco
in the Colchagua Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon blocks were planted more than 100 years ago.

The deep and extraordinarily porous soils are of alluvial origin with a sandy-clay texture and have
very good ability to administer water to the plants throughout the year, which is especially important in
old vines.

The 2020 – 2021 season began with one of the rainiest winters in recent years, where the
record of fallen water reached 600mm during the winter months and early spring, which allowed us to
delay irrigation for 2 months on average. Due to this, the vineyards began the phenological cycle with a
good level of humidity in the soil, avoiding risks of stress. The winter temperature was mild, being like
this until mid-spring, causing a delay in budding. The summer had an important rain towards the end of
January, causing a decrease in summer temperatures during this weeks, generating a delay in the
maturity of the grapes. Finally, the months of March and April presented perfect climatic conditions for
the maturity of the berries, which allowed us to obtain wines of great natural acidity, good concentration and silky tannins.

Deep red in color. On the nose, the aromas are principally of red fruit, cassis, ripe figs, with subtle
confit notes and some spices like white pepper. On the palate there’s good structure, with sweet
tannins balanced by good acidity. The finish is pleasant and delicate with a fruity aftertaste.

Drink now or cellar for up to 6 years.

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