Hacienda Araucano Lurton Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley 2008
Handpicked and then carefully selected, the grapes are gravity fed into oak vats. Maceration is followed by alcoholic fermentation with regular plunging and pumping over of the cap. This first wine is then mixed with the press wine and returned to the French oak barrels where it undergoes malolactic fermentation. It is subsequently barrel-aged, with the utmost care, for 18 months.
These wines are a product of an old plot in Apalta, which Francois Lurton has been overseeing for many years. The wines have good aging potential, produced with great care and attention, from the selection of the grapes to the balancing of the alcohol and acidity
Both tastes and looks (you have to look hard) like chocolate. Spicy and a little tart at first, with tannins that overpower the fruit, but leave a nice, if slightly strong, finish.
Smooth chocolatey nose with the kind of wood aromas that I like in a wine, not overdone at all. The mouth has a dry, kind of funky earth attack, with some chalkiness and apple fruit acidity in the middle, and a smooth finish that shows a hint of white pepper.
Smooth and balanced cocoa and spice aromas. Palate is almost sweet, with loads of candied red fruit on the attack, melting into dark blackberries and well integrated oak the whole way through. Finishes with a bit of tar.
This wine is has a very spicy nose, with a very herbal finish. Hints of cracked pepper and chocolate, with a very bitter lingering feeling at the end.
Food Pairings for Hacienda Araucano Lurton Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley
The beautiful, intense red robe of this opulent wine is an instant eye-catcher. The intensity of the red fruit and vanilla aromas blend harmoniously, giving the wine lots of complexity and freshness. In the mouth, Gran Araucano is very aromatic and has exceedingly fine, well-integrated tannins. The richness of Gran Araucano Cabernet Sauvignon is one of Francois Lurton's greatest prides. A big wine from his "little bodega" in Colchaga Valley