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Viñedo Chadwick 2015

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In 1942 Don Alfonso Chadwick had bought the Viña San José de Tocornal estate situated in Puente Alto on the rural outskirts of Santiago. It was here that Don Alfonso built his home and polo field. The estate comprised 300 hectares, 216 of which were planted to vineyards. It was certainly clear to the family that this place had an exceptional terroir, especially for its red wines. Managed by Don Alfonso with great passion for over 20 years, it is this vineyard – with its history dating back to 1880s – that was the origin of Chile’s most coveted appellation for fine Cabernet Sauvignon: Puente Alto DO.

In 1992, a tightly defined 15-hectare vineyard was carefully planted with vines produced through massal selection from the best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the family’s vineyards. A year later, Don Alfonso passed away, so he never saw or tasted the finished wine that was named after him. It is for this reason that his son Eduardo became so passionate in his quest to honour his father’s legacy through this wine. More than anything, Eduardo and his family have sought to create and craft the ultimate expression of this vineyard, as a permanent tribute to Don Alfonso’s passion for wine and his constant pursuit of excellence.

Viñedo Chadwick is farmed using the best sustainable practice to produce healthy and balanced grapes. Precision viticulture and extremely rigorous grape selection are employed, along with gentle handling and the finest winemaking methods. The approach has always been to create a wine of exceptional balance, freshness and purity, respecting each vintage character and reflecting the best expression of our land.

Following the excellent 2014 vintage, 2015 was an ideal growing season for Viñedo Chadwick.

"Very deep and primary fruit character to this red gives the wine amazing length and focus. It seems to go on forever. Full body yet vivid and energetic. Tannic and muscular yet so polished and refined. Drink now." - 99 points, James Suckling

UK writer and Chilean expert Peter Richards MW was immediately impressed; writing in Decanter in 2017, he described the new vintage as Stunning new-wave Alto Maipo Cabernet, pioneering in the way that it marries super-fine yet dense, abundant and immensely cultured tannins with an elegant and complex scent. Displays a wonderfully lifted freshness and admirable finesse. Young, epic and exciting. 97 points

For the second year running, Viñedo Chadwick was Tim Atkin’s highest scoring red wine in his 2018 Chile Report Picked in March for the first time, this is the freshest and most refined release yet from this bijou Maipo Alto vineyard. More Lafite than Latour in style, it’s elegant, refined and refreshing, with wonderful grace and poise, chalky minerality and notes of graphite, cassis and fennel. 98 points, in further recognition, Atkin also named Francisco Baettig as his Chilean Winemaker of the Year.

In addition, backing for the new style and the vintage came from Patricio Tapia Until this 2015 we didn’t know that Alto Maipo could offer this level of liveliness and elegance. A true surprise. 98 points

 

Producer: Viñedo Chadwick

Country: Chile

Region: Maipo Valley

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation: Maipo Valley

Vintage: 2015

Size: 750ml

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