Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon
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Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon
Valley: Maipo
Vintage

Winemaker's comments

This 100% old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon shows tremendous potential and typicity in the broadest sense of the word. Deep, intense ruby-red in color, with complex aromas of red fruits, plums, cherries, and notes of ripe black fruits such as blackberries and blueberries combine with a sweet touch of vanilla and coffee. The balance of fruit and acidity complemented by sweet and silky tannins promises long cellaring potential.

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Vinification

The grapes were hand picked in our Carneros Viejo vineyard, which has spectacular terroir at the foot of the Andes Mountains in the Maipo Alto Valley. The grapes were selected first on the vine and then again on a selection belt in the winery. The grapes underwent a classic fermentation  82º–84ºF for 12 days followed by a short, 10-day extended maceration, which allowed the new wine to develop silky, elegant tannins with very high fruit expression. As always, malolactic fermentation took place in new French oak barrels. The wine was aged 15 months in medium-toast French oak barrels (95% new).

Technicals details

pH: 3.5; Total acidity: 3.2 g/lt (expressed in Sulfuric Acid); Alcohol: 14.5 C; Residual sugar: 2.7 g/lt; Bottling Date: July 24th/ 2009

Suggested food

Ripe blue cheeses, wild fowl, lamb, red meat with Roquefort or black pepper sauce.

Winemaker's comments

Intense ruby-red in color with complex aromas. Dark fruit such as blackcurrants and blueberries lend  freshness and elegance. Warm notes of oak, vanilla, and  tobacco give it sweetness and persistence. Well-structured with a delicate balance  and  elegant  tannins,  this wine’s  concentration  and potency indicate that it will age well for more than ten years.

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Vinification

The grapes were hand-picked from 16 –18th April. The bunches were selected in the vineyard and again in the winery, where they were placed on a conveyor belt for inspection and then again after destemming to inspect the individual berries. The uncrushed berries were chilled  to 10ºC  (50ºF)  for 10 days before undergoing a  slow fermentation in oak vats at 25–28ºC (77–82ºF) for 12 days, followed by another 15 days of post-fermentation maceration for a total tank time of 37 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in new French oak barrels, where the wine was aged for 16 months.

Technicals details

pH: 3.62; acidity: 5.12 g/L.  (sulphuric acid); alcohol: 14.5 % ; residual sugar: 3.0 g/L.

Suggested food

Ripe blue cheeses, wild fowl, lamb, red meat with Roquefort or black pepper sauce.
Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard

Location

40 km. to the south of Santiago in the piedmont of the Andes.

Surface

1,282 ha.

Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc.

Climate

Semi-arid Mediterranean climate. Cold winter with moderate rains, warm and dry summer. Thermal oscillation which can exceed 20 ºC (68 º F).

Average annual temperature

13,9 ºC (57 ºF).

Average annual rainfall

400 mm.

Soil

Alluvial soil/ Colluvial soil.

Annual awards:

Wine Enthusiast - June 2011

Date: June 2011

Country: USA

Vintage: 2007

Award: 93 Points

International Wine Cellar - May 2011

Date: May 2011

Country: USA

Vintage: 2007

Award: 92 Points

International Wine Challenge - October 2010

Date: October 2010

Country: United Kingdom

Vintage: 2005

Award: 92 Points

Cata y Vino - August 2010

Date: August 2010

Country: Chile

Vintage: 2005

Award: Double Gold Medal

Wine Access - June 2010

Date: June 2010

Country: Canada

Vintage: 2005

Award: 95 Points

www.gismondionwine.com - April 2010

Date: April 2010

Country: Canada

Vintage: 2005

Award: 95 Points

Wine and Spirits - June 2010

Date: June 2010

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 93 Points

WSA Wine Challenge - May 2010

Date: May 2010

Country: Singapore

Vintage: 2005

Award: 93 Points

Wine and Spirits - February 2010

Date: February 2010

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 93 points

Comments: "From a vineyard planted in the early 1970s in Alto Jahuel, this is a classic Chilean cabernet. The 2005 vintage produced an exceptional Casa Real, with aromas of tobacco and rosemary that meld with the seductive, black fruit flavors. It’s soft and warm, a meaty cabernet for steak."

Wine Spectator - November 2009

Date: November 2009

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 90 points

IWC Library Collection Awards - October 2009

Date: October 2009

Country: USA

Vintage: 2004

Award: 90 points

Wine Enthusiast - September 2009

Date: September 2009

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 92 points

Comments: Very stout and rich, but nothing soft about this perfectly healthy, benchmark Chilean Cab. The nose pours forth with earth, licorice, balsamic notes and sly plum aromas, while the palate is cuddly but agile, with good balance and pure flavors of black fruits and chocolate. Drinkable now but ageable through 2014. Imported by Palm Bay International. Editors’ Choice. —M.S.

e-Robert Parker.com - April 2009

Date: April 2009

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 91 points

Wine Review On Line - April 2009

Date: April 2009

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 96 points

International Wine Cellar - April 2009

Date: April 2009

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 93 points

e-Robert Parker.com - October 2008

Date: October 2008

Country: USA

Vintage: 2004

Award: 92 points

Wine Spectator - July 2008

Date: July 2008

Country: USA

Vintage: 2004

Award: 90 points

Wine and Spirits - June 2008

Date: June 2008

Country: USA

Vintage: 2004

Award: 93 points

Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - April 2008

Date: April 2008

Country: USA

Vintage: 2004

Award: 92 points

Wine Enthusiast - March 2008

Date: March 2008

Country: USA

Vintage: 2003

Award: 92 points

Wine and Spirits - February 2008

Date: February 2008

Country: USA

Vintage: 2003

Award: 93 points