The distinctive 2003 Marquis Lien is made from a finely tuned blend of 60% Syrah, 25% Carmenere, 9% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec. It is a generous red wine that reflects the character of the Hurtado family's special plot of land.
To make this fruity and concentrated blend, winemakers Ricardo Rivadeneira Hurtado and Alejandro Jofré have developed vines that bear no more than 12 bunches of grapes per vine. Only the ripest grapes are picked, then sorted by hand at the winery. The Lien is barrel aged for 12 months in French oak. Fewer than 2,000 cases of the 2003 Lien were produced. This is the winery's inaugural release.
In Chile's native Mapuche language, lien means "silver metal"—a reference to colonial Spanish coins that were once melted to make fine jewelry, like the lizard on the Maquis label.