2 x 3 BTL in OWC
Viñedo Chadwick 2016, Maipo Valley, Chili
The 2016 growing season set the stage for an outstanding vintage for Viñedo Chadwick. A considerably cool beginning of spring marked its trend, resulting in a long hanging time that blessed us with perfectly ripened fruit, purely preserved flavors and above all, the balance and finesse that distinguishes Viñedo Chadwick. July arrived gracefully ending the dry spell experienced during the beginning of winter. The rains extended until late in the season in November, nicely replenishing our soils throughout the growing season. The rains were accompanied by cool temperatures, resulting in a spring that reached a heat summation that was 2% cooler than historical averages. Bud break arrived on the 28th September, one week later than the previous vintage. This was followed by a heat summation that was 33% lower than our recorded averages in October. The canopy developed gradually until temperatures started to pick up towards the end of November, turning into warmer weather that ensured a healthy flowering and fruit set. We were blessed with a marginally warmer than average at the beginning of summer, prompting veraison to arrive as usual during the third week of January. The uneven flowering rebounded in a long veraison period. Nevertheless, a perfect Alto Maipo summer with a classic weather pattern, allowed for a long and steady hang time necessary for perfectly ripened grapes to develop. Towards the end of the season, the grapes steadily accumulated sugar, reaching maturity with excellent balance, low alcohol levels and refreshing acidity. Due to the cool characteristics of the beginning of the season, the picking dates were 16 days later than the warm 2015, beginning on the 5th of April until the 13th. Our very precise picking timing allowed us to have all our fruit safely in the cellar just before the heavy rains arrived during the last fortnight of April, with unbelievable records of 123 mm.
The vineyard around the family home had produced outstanding red grapes for decades, and Eduardo Chadwick, foreseeing the potential of this unique terroir, convinced his father to convert his beloved polo field into vineyards. In 1992, it was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Viñedo Chadwick is located 650 m above sea level at Puente Alto in the Maipo Valley, in the southeastern sector of Santiago at the foot of the Andes Mountains along the northern bank of the Maipo River. The 15-hectare vineyard is considered one of Chile’s best terroirs for producing Cabernet Sauvignon of exceptional quality. The Mediterranean climate has a long dry season, and rainfall is concentrated in the winter (328 mm), while the high daytime-night time temperature oscillation is one of the main factors responsible for the intense colour of the wines sourced from this zone. The vineyard is located on an old alluvial terrace of the Maipo River, on barely fertile soil with just 40-cm of clay-loam (15%-20% clay content) atop an alluvial layer (70% stone) that provides excellent drainage. This enables an ideal balance of vegetative growth and fruit. The cool morning breezes that blow down from the mountains, the placement of the rows, and the moderate daytime temperatures allow the grapes to ripen to perfection while preserving their freshness and acidity.
Grapes were handpicked in the morning and transported in small 15-kg boxes. We followed the progress of ripeness through aerial pictures, which allowed us to identify homogeneous lots and differentiate harvest moments according to each case. On arrival at the winery, the grapes were carefully inspected on a double selection board to remove vegetal remains and damaged berries to ensure the quality of the wine. Fermentation took place between 24 and 28º C in small-volume stainless steel tanks to help increase the percentage of contact between the skins and the juice. Depending on the desired level of extraction, the wine underwent up to three daily pumpovers. To enhance its aromas and colours, the maceration time was of 18 to 30 days, depending on the individual development of each lot. The wine was racked to French oak barrels (80% new, 10% used) and Stockinger foudres (10%), where it underwent malolactic fermentation and was kept for 22 months. Clarification and stabilization occurred in a natural way during this period.
97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot
Geur & Smaak
“Subtle aromas of forest floor give way to a concentrated blend of fresh red fruit including raspberries, strawberries and red cherries, accompanied by hints of pastries, cloves, nuts and cedar. After a silky entry, the palate is dominated by fresh red fruit flavors that emerge with hints of tobacco and cassis. The complex flavors are pure and delineated. Fine-grained tannins offer a linear and seamless texture with great elegance and intensity that promise to delight for years to come.”
96P Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (Reviewer: Luis Gutiérrez)
“The price of the 2016 Viñedo Chadwick seems to be going through the roof, and so does the quality. This is a unique, classical Maipo Cabernet…Complex, layered, fresh and tasty, it has very fine tannins and is nicely structured but terribly elegant at the same time”
99P James Suckling
“The blue fruit and dark berry aromas are so attractive and catching. Black licorice and blackberry notes. Full body, chewy yet polished tannins. I like the way the wine rolls over the tongue. Beautiful finish. One of the most structured Viñedo Chadwicks ever. A great bottle. Needs four to five years to soften.”