Maquis Lien 2012
A generous red wine that reflects the character of the Hurtado family's special plot of land.
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A perfumed and pretty wine with medium body, firm and silky tannins. A blend of carmenere, syrah, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Lovely now to drink.
The red blend 2012 Lien was 44% Cabernet Franc, 40% Syrah, 10% Carménère and 6% Petit Verdot with 13.5% alcohol and aged in French oak barrels for two years. This is a good example of how they can keep the poise, balance and elegance (and moderate alcohol level) in a vintage like 2012. It has a mix of aromatic herbs, spices and ripe fruit that is quite attractive. The palate revealed the telltale fine-grained tannins and sleek texture that are the house style.
Located in Valle de Colchagua, Vina Maquis's terroir is deeply influenced by its geographic position, as it is surrounded by the Tinguiririca River and the Chimbarongo Creek—two large waterways that once brought alluvial sediments from the Andes. Today, they act as pathways for cool coastal breezes that help moderate the warm Colchagua summers, contributing to the intensity and fruitiness of the wines.
Well-regarded for intense and exceptionally high quality red wines, the Colchagua Valley is situated in the southern part of Chile’s Rapel Valley, with many of the best vineyards lying in the foothills of the Coastal Range.
Heavy French investment and cutting-edge technology in both the vineyard and the winery has been a boon to the local viticultural industry, which already laid claim to ancient vines and a textbook Mediterranean climate.
The warm, dry growing season in the Colchagua Valley favors robust reds made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec and Syrah—in fact, some of Chile’s very best are made here. A small amount of good white wine is produced from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
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.