The Gran Reserva Tarapacá Etiqueta Azul 2013 from the Maipo Valley, received a remarkable 94 points from James Suckling. Described in its tasting note as a “fascinating” wine, “a stylish red with subtle and complex aromas and flavors of spice, meat, berry and bark. Full body, bright and fresh. Shows tension and beauty”.
Nose: The four varieties combine harmoniously, giving great personality to the wine. Complex and intense, it reveals notes of ripe black fruit, likeblackcurrants, along with hints of tobacco, leather and subtle vegetal notes. The Cabernet Sauvignon, in particular, contributes a delicious ripe red fruit perfume, giving complexity and vivacity to the wine.
Palate: The palate is delicious, well-balanced and has great body and the aromas perceived on the nose are very apparent. The wine has velvety tannins that lead to a long, silky-smooth finish.
The grapes were manually harvested between the second and third weeks of April and sent to the winery in 13-kg bins. Then they underwent a rigorous selection, followed by a 5-day pre-fermentative maceration at 10ºC to extract concentrated aromas and flavours. Next the alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature of between 26ºC and 28ºC. This was followed by a post-fermentative maceration for around 15 days to extract the maximum colour and tannins. Finally the wine was racked into barrels to undergo the malolactic fermentation and subsequent ageing. The wine was aged for 16 months in fine-grained French oak barrels (20% new and 80% used)