Maquis Lien 2014
The distinctive 2014 Maquis Lien is made from a finely tuned blend of 44% Cabernet Franc, 40% Syrah, 10% Carménère, 6% Petit Verdot. It is a generous red wine that reflects the character of the Hurtado family’s special plot of land.
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Furry berry, prune, black cherry and mineral aromas set up a pulsing palate with tough tannins. Dark plum, cassis and wild berry flavors finish with natural spice and integrated oak that leaves a note of mocha. If anything holds back this blend of Carmenère, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, it's hardness and roughness.
A blend of cabernet franc, carmenere, syrah and petit verdot with dark berries, blueberries and walnuts. Medium body. Smooth.
Offers a muscular mix of dried dark cherry, berry and plum pudding flavors, backed by firm acidity and tannins. Intense dark chocolate and Asian spice notes show on the structured finish, revealing mocha overtones. Carmenère, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2025.
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.