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Altair 2016

Vintage
2016
Country
Chile
Region
Cachapoal, Cachapoal Valley
Size
0.75L
Type
Red Wine
Ratings
WA93
HK$499
SKU:
W-AY-001-QT-216
Description

The 2016 Altair shows the Cachapoal vineyards and the cooler year through a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 9% Syrah, quite different from previous years, especially with the debut of Cabernet Franc and the absence of Carmenere and Petit Verdot. The grapes were protected by carbonic snow, went through a three- to five-day cold soak and fermented with selected yeasts with eight short pump-overs per day during ten days. Malolactic was in barrel where the wine matured for 18 months. Some oak vats were also used, and all of the varieties aged separately and then were blended together. They use more Cabernet Franc (since 2015) and age it in oak foudres, which gives a nice kick to the blend. It's still quite classical and Bordeaux style. -WA

The Winery

With over 150 years of history , Viña San Pedro was founded in the Curicó Valley in 1865 by the Correa Albano brothers, who were pioneers in bringing varieties from the Old Continent to the Valley. San Pedro is one of the most important wineries in Chile and one of the country’s most significant exporters, with a presence in over 80 markets across five continents with its brands: Altaïr, Cabo de Hornos, Sideral, Kankana del Elqui, Tierras Moradas, 1865, Epica, Castillo de Molina, 35 SUR and GatoNegro.

 

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