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Gillmore Mariposa Red Blend 2014

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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750ML / 14.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

On the palate, this wine shows an interesting structure with lively acidity and complex flavors of fresh fruits such as raspberries and strawberries.

Great with meats and vegetable stews.

Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Merlot

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JS 92
James Suckling
Very aromatic with dried fruit and hints of tar and asphalt. Medium body, bright acidity and a long and flavorful finish.
TA 92
Tim Atkin

A dry farmed blend of Merlot with 40% Syrah, both grafted on to old País roots, this is typically refined, refreshing stuff from Andrés Sánchez. Aromatic and grassy with understated wood and sweet red fruit flavours. The tannins are very fine. 2018-23. Alcohol: 14%

RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
On top of the blend cuvée there is now a 2014 Mariposa Carignan from old vines on granite soils in Loncomilla. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French barriques for one year. In this warm and dry year they got 20% lower yields. Today, this has some of the lots that don't make it to the Vigno, but in the future there will be grapes from new plantings they have. This is lighter than the Vigno but with a similar personality, with Balsamic aromas and something floral. The palate is gentler, with fine tannins and a very subtle earthy sensation. This is a very good introduction to Carignan in Chile; it's like a mini Vigno, and with a very attractive price, too.
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Vina Gillmore began with a dream. In the late 1980s, Chilean visionary Francisco Gillmore took over operation of the century old Tabontinaja winery and its ancient dry-farmed vineyards planted to the rustic País variety. He took advantage of their healthy, hearty roots and grafted them with fine French varieties.

From the beginning his wines were imbued with the spirit of this unique dry-farmed condition of restriction and resistance in which their rustic personality was expressed with vibrant acidity and tremendous character. The project also includes his daughter, Daniella Gillmore, whose love of the country life guides her in overseeing the vineyards and the collection of native fauna on the farm. Her husband, winemaker Andrés Sánchez, is the talented artisan behind their wines Hacedor de Mundos, Vigno, Mariposa and Cobre, wines crafted to interpret the soul of the sector and its people. Their two children, Martín and Dominga now represent the third generation of the family to stretch their roots deep into the heart of this special zone of Maule.

Vina Gillmore is among the founding members of MOVI (Independent Vintner’s Movement), and Andrés was the driving force behind the recently formed Carignan Club (Vigno).

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Maule is the Central Valley’s most southern and coolest zone, reaching a southern latitude of 35°S, yet it is still warmer and drier than Bío-Bío to its south. The Maule Valley enjoys success with a unique set of grapes.

It lays claim to the local variety, Pais (synonymous with Tinta Pais, which is actually Tempranillo), which has dominated much of the region’s area under vine until the recent past. Now many growers, not confined by the tradition and regulations of the Old World, also successfully grow Cabernet Sauvignon.

While Maule’s total area under vine remains relatively static, its old Carignan vineyards are undergoing a great revival. The VIGNO (Vignadores del Carignan Vintners) group, an association in charge of promoting this long-forgotten variety, is getting fantastic results from the old vines in its dry-farmed coastal zones.

The Maule includes the subregions of Talca, San Clemente, San Javier, Parral, Linares and Cauquenes.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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