Matetic Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend 2018
Matetic Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend 2018 from 8wines
Cellar for up to 9 years. No need to decant before serving. In 1892 the Matetic family left behind their Croatian homeland and emigrated to Chile’s southernmost corner, Punta Arenas, where they established a successful sheep farm. Several generations later, the family realised Chile’s exceptional potential for making top quality wine and they began to study the terroir. Matetic winery was founded in 1999 in El Rosario Valley just 15km from the Pacific Ocean. This iconic bottle is part of their Corralillo series which was inspired by a historic wine cellar in the Rosario Valley where everyday wines used to be made by local families from the indigenous Pais grape. Today the Matetics are carrying on this legacy with a modern twist by working with top international varieties to craft top quality red and white wines. Their Winemaker’s Blend is primarily composed of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec, as well as a drop of Petit Verdot. Grapes are sourced from old vines planted on the slopes of El Rosario where conditions are ideal for quality winemaking thanks to the good drainage, granitic soils and low yields. The family cultivate their vineyards according to biodynamic principles and in the winery the different varieties are vinified separately and aged in French oak barrels for 18 months before blending and bottling. Punchy cassis, plum and cherry define the nose while the first sip reveals a hearty full body, smooth tannins and powerful structure that will age beautifully.
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