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Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend 2008

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14.5% ABV
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

40% Merlot, 28% Syrah,20% Cabernet Franc,12% Malbec.

Corralillo Winemaker's Blend is a deep, brilliant wine with violet undertones. The nose has notes of red fruit, chocolate and tobacco. It has a fairly complete palate, with round and soft tannins. Each of the four grape varieties in the wine contribute different taste characteristics – the Merlot gives it the red fruit and plums; the Syrah lends spice, as well as violets and damp soil; the Malbec adds floral notes and the Cabernet Franc gives the wine structure and tannins. The wood is perfectly integrated, contributing notes of chocolate and vanilla, topped off by a long-lasting, elegant and complex finish.
This wine is ideally served with red meats and sharp cheeses, andhearty dishes like stews and roasts.

Critical Acclaim

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W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
Smoky and spicy, with herb and tart black fruit flavors, this blend of merlot, syrah, cabernet franc and malbec has a creamy texture and enough firm acidity to keep it focused.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Very solid, this is ripe but not overdone, boasting focused plum and blackberry fruit laced with alluring graphite, spice and mineral notes. The long, racy finish keeps everything humming along nicely. Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2011.
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Matetic, Chile
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The story of the Matetic Winery begins in 1999 when the Matetic family decided to diversify their business ventures and enter the world of wine, confident in the virtues of the climate and soils in the Rosario Valley. With a firm conviction in the vital importance of maintaining a strong professional team to guide every step of the project, the family incorporated Alan York (Biodinamic Consultant), Ken Bernards (Consulting Winemaker), and Ann Kraemer (Viticultural Consultant) into the project in 2000 to ensure that Matetic wines achieve the highest quality. The EQ stands for Equilibrium... balance.

One of South America’s most important wine-producing countries, Chile is a reliable source of both budget-friendly wines and premium bottlings. Spanish settlers, Juan Jufre and Diego Garcia de Cáceres, most likely brought Vitis vinifera (Europe’s wine producing vine species) to the Central Valley of Chile some time in the 1550s. But Chile’s modern wine industry is largely the result of heavy investment from the 1990s.

Long and narrow, Chile is geographically isolated, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Andes Mountains to the east and the Atacama desert to the north. These natural borders allowed Chile to avoid the disastrous phylloxera infestation in the late 1800s and as a result, vines are often planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted (as is the case in much of the wine producing world).

Chile’s vineyards vary widely in climate and soil type from north to south. The Coquimbo region in the far north contains the Elqui and Limari Valleys, where minimal rainfall and intense sunlight are offset by chilly breezes from the Humboldt Current. While historically focused solely on Pisco production, today this area finds success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Aconcagua region contains the eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry and home to full-bodied red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot—as well as Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley, which focus on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The Central Valley is home to the Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys, which produce a wide variety of red and white wines. Maipo in particular is known for Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape. In the up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata make excellent Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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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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