2018 Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon, 6x750ml

2018 Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon, 6x750ml

Availability: 4 weeks

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £460.00

Critics Score: 100

Publication: James Suckling

Drinking Dates: 2023+

This is amazing. The vibrancy and energy in this wine is stunning. The complexity of aromas are breathtaking with flowers, blackcurrants, raspberries and peaches. Full-bodied, yet ever so refined and polished with impeccable texture and beauty. The length is marvelous. This is a testimony to balance, harmony and transparency in a great red.
2018 Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon, 6x750ml

Blend
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot & 1% Petit Verdot
Vineyard
Nestled at the foot of the Andes Mountains, the Don Melchor Vineyard is located along the north bank of the Maipo River, at an altitude of 650 m.a.s.l. It is composed of 127 hectares: dedicated to 90% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7.1% to Cabernet Franc, 1.9% to Merlot, and 1% to Petit Verdot. To date, the vineyard's vines are over 30 years old on average.

Climate
In general, the vineyards have a semi-arid Mediterranean climate, with average annual rainfall of 350 mm. It is one of the coldest zones in the Alto Maipo Valley.

Spring began with cooler temperatures than normal and delayed the bud break. Rainfall was well distributed during the winter and spring months, followed by a drier summer. The temperatures were
warmer at the beginning of the ripening period, but with fewer days reaching maximum temperatures. The second half of the period saw the temperatures drop,and cooler nights helped produce excellent conditions for preserving the aromas, flavors, and precise ripening of the tannins in the grapes.

Vinification
The alcoholic fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks for 10 days at 25 to 26°C and is pumped over 4 to 6 times a day. Once the fermentation is complete, the tank is hermetically sealed for an 8-day maceration at 23 to 25°C, for a greater extraction and smoother tannins. At the end of the maceration period, each tank is devatted, tasted and selected by the Don Melchor vineyard and winemaking team. Then, all of the wines are tasted and selected for the final blend, which is later transferred to the barrels.

Aging
15 months in French oak barrels, (72% new, 28% second-use)

Aging Potential
Over 35 years.

Tasting Notes
2018 is one of the greatest vintages in the history of Don Melchor. A highly expressive wine, with great personality and complexity. The wine shows lots of expression and complexity of small red fruits, as well as floral notes displayed as a whole. On the palate, the wine is full of flavor and dominated by elegance and balance, as well as a great texture of the tannins, with a long, refined finish.

Food Pairings
Red meats, especially lamb, and wild game: baked, stewed, or prepared with red wine sauces, mushrooms, rosemary and tomatoes. Different terrines and pâtés, like turkey with truffles. Cow and goat cheeses; dry and mature cheeses, or creamy cheeses.