Vineyard: Grillos Cantores vineyard in Alto Cachapoal. The vineyard was planted massal selection and the vines are ungrafted and on average 15 years of age.
Orientation: The vineyard is at close to 2,000 feet in altitude.
Soil: The soils are alluvial with a lot of gravel
Viticulture: The vines are trellised to the guyot system.
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and not crushed. Whole berries are fermented spontaneously (wild yeast) in concrete tanks.
Aging: No oak aging.
Publication: Wine advocate
The unusually named 2013 Grillos Cantores Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a vineyard called "singing crickets" and is an unoaked, showy, aromatic, herbal Cabernet Sauvignon from Alto Cachapoal. It matured in contact with the lees for some 18 months, but only some 10% of the volume was in oak barrels. It has an herbal, spicy and peppery profile in a way that made me think of a Bordeaux. It's medium-bodied with fine tannins and a tasty finish. Very Cabernet. 39,800 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2015.
Limpid ruby. Spicy raspberry and cherry scents are complicated by hints of musky flowers and allspice. Sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering supple red and dark berry flavors along with suggestions of cola and licorice. Open-knit and accessible now, delivering strong finishing punch, gentle tannins and very good tenacity.