Single Vineyard Constanza Malbec 2014

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Single Vineyard Constanza Malbec 2014

Region: Chile / Central Valley / DO Maule
Grapes: 100% Malbec

The 5-acre Constanza Vineyard in the Maule region was originally planted to Malbec in 1923. Warm days with cool nights and constant sea breezes ensures slow ripening for balanced and concentrated fruit. The vineyard is managed without any irrigation and allowing open canopy growth. This allows good ventilation and limits sun exposure which result in profuse and classic fruit aromas. Primary fermentation took place over 28 days. Aged for 12 months in new, medium toasted French oak barrels that belong to the "Icone Elegance" series from the famed Seguin Moreau cooperage. The wine contains only naturally occurring sulfites and is neither filtered nor clarified prior to bottling in order to preserve the wine's authentic character.

93 Points

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2014 vintage
92 Points

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2014 vintage
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harvest note

2014 was a template year, with a dry winter followed by a temperate summer – an average year. This resulted in fruitier wines than 2012 and more ripeness than 2013. In general, 2014 wines possess round tannins, nicely balanced acidity and a persistent finish.

tasting note

Deep purple almost black color with glittering highlights. The stylish and complex nose offers a wide array of aromas including blackcurrant and dark cherry mingling with subtle notes of spices. The palate immediately shows all the wine's density and refinement: very forward ripe fruit flavors with perfectly integrated, velvety tannins revealing a remarkable complexity in the structure and excellent balance. The finish is opulent and extremely long.

food pairing

Roasted chicken, beef, buffalo with thyme, rosemary, marjoram, sage or pepper.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Malbec
APPELLATION: D.O. Maule
PH: 3.59
ACIDITY: 3.65 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: Aged for 12 months in new, French oak barrels that belong to the "Icone Elegance" series from the famed Seguin Moreau cooperage

points of distinction

  • Single Vineyard, old vine malbec from rare, historic vineyards in prestigious DO Maule
  • Highly limited production
  • Dry farmed in terroir ideally suited for pure, vibrant Malbec
  • about the grape +
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“It is our great privilege to craft wine from these century-old Malbec vines, which is like composing a symphony.”

– Didier Debono & Patrick d’Aulan

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