VIU 1 Malbec
92 pts Parker
Tasting Notes:
Deep and intensely onyx-purple in color with an elegant and complex nose that features red and black fruits, notes of blue flowers, sweet spices, and blonde tobacco. The palate shows tremendous structure, soft texture, and very good balance between tannins and acidity. It is elegant, complex, and subtly mineral. The finish is long, pleasing, and persistent.


Vineyards:
Viu 1 is made from the best Malbec grapes in Block 4 of our San Carlos vineyard located near Cunaco in the Colchagua Valley. This block was planted more than 100 years ago at a density of 4,464 plants per hectare. The soil has an alluvial origin with a sandy-clay texture. The soil is deep, extraordinarily porous, and has very good drainage and allows exceptional root development. The clay is of great quality because it is expandable and therefore is able to deliver water to the plant very well throughout the entire year, thereby encouraging ripening and preventing possible dehydration that affect grape quality. The grapes were hand picked into 12-kg boxes between May 5 and 13. The yield was 6.7 tons per hectare. The first selection was made in the vineyard and any leaves or imperfect bunches were eliminated.


Vinification process:
Upon arriving at the cellar, the fruit underwent a second selection to remove any remaining leaves or irregularly ripened bunches. The grapes were destemmed before being inspected a third time to eliminate any remaining leaves and damaged berries. The grapes then underwent an 8-day pre-fermentation cold maceration at 8C (46F). Alcoholic fermentation took place with selected yeasts in small stainless steel tanks at 2628C (79-82F) with one pump over per day. Total maceration time was 27 days. The new wine was racked to oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. The wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 16 months and was then bottled without filtering to conserve all of its concentration and character.

Main aromas and flavors:
Red and black fruits, notes of blue flowers, sweet spices, and blonde tobacco.


Grape:
98% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot


Aging process:
The wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 16 months.


Alcohol Contents:
15,2% vol.


History Awards:
92 pts Wine Enthusiast 2009
92 pts Parker 2008
90 pts Wine Spectator 2008
92 pts Parker 2006
90 pts Wine Spectator 2006
92 pts Parker 2005
92 pts Parker 2004



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