Vina Ventisquero Enclave Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Enclave is deep, dark red in colour. The nose reveals red fruit such as plums and cherries, a touch of cassis, white pepper, damp earth and a hint of black fruit. It has an intriguing aromatic complexity. Elegant and well-structured on the palate with firm, yet silky tannins. Persistent in the finish. This blend has layers of flavours. The firm tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot intermingle with the softness and complexity of Carménère and the elegance of Cabernet Franc. Its blend means that Enclave can be cellared for 10 to 15 years. Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit verdot, 5% Carmenere, 2% Cabernet Franc
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Clear and beautiful aromas with crushed blackberry, blueberry and mineral character. Full body, chewy tannins, and structured. Shows tannin and fruit tension. A little austere, but it will come around with bottle age. Made with John Duval of Australia. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, petit verdot, and cabernet franc made in Pirque in Valle de Maipo
The 2012 Enclave Cabernet Sauvignon is Ventisquero's top of the range, a blend with a pinch of Carménère (5%), Petit Verdot (3%) and Cabernet Franc (2%) from two vineyards in Pirque in the Alto Maipo; situated at some 9000 meters altitude, this is a fresher zone in Maipo, which compensated the heat of the vintage. It had a classical vinification with a post fermentation maceration of three to five weeks with malolactic in barrel and an élevage of 18 months. The nose is classical and quite complex for such an early age, with aromas of tobacco, earth, cigar box and blackberries. The tannic structure is quite large and the telltale Cabernet tannins are there, with a dusty texture, a little rustic with good freshness. Powerful red for powerful food that would welcome some time in bottle.
Ventisquero began making wine in 2000. Today, the winery is led by a young, creative team of entrepreneurs who guide us to a single purpose: creating distinctive, high quality wines. They look for innovative ways to communicate with their target audience and to market our products around the world.
Under the guidance of head winemaker Felipe Tosso, the winery was built in the Coastal Maipo Valley, where grapes for their first wines were produced. Three years later, they ventured into the Casablanca Valley and the prestigious Apalta Valley, the source today for Vina Ventisquero's premium wines.
With estate-owned vineyards in Chile's top wine producing areas – Coastal Maipo, Casablanca, Leyda and Colchagua – and extensive research to uncover the secrets of the country's unique terroir, Vina Ventisquero seeks to produce wines of the highest quality and consistency.
The Maipo Valley is Chile’s most famous wine region. Set in the country’s Central Valley, it is warm and quite dry, often necessitating the use of irrigation. Alluvial soils predominate but are supplemented with loam and clay.
The climate in Maipo is best-suited for ripe, full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon (the region’s most widely planted grape), Merlot, Syrah and Carmenère, a Bordeaux variety that has found a successful home in Chile.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.