Antiyal, Alto del Maipo Valley
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Antiyal, Alto del Maipo Valley - 2017

Item # 23341 750mL

Alvaro Espinoza follows the ABC’s of biodynamics for his vineyards and is proud to have influenced the instillation of the Upper Maipo as becoming a separate sub-region due to its extreme elevations. These elements allow for truly special and complex wines. This red blend is dark, earthy and solid. Pairing with grilled meats is a must.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


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The stunning Maipo Valley (close to the capital Santiago), is the birthplace of Chile´s wine production and the best known wine region in the country. This wine debuted in 1998 as the first biodynamic wine in Chile. It was also one of the first “personal project” of a winemaker in the country, though that’s more common these days on the Chilean scene. The 2015 vintage is a bold, rare blend of 50% Carménère, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah, all from the El Escorial vineyard. For this producer, Mediterranean wine continues to be the leitmotif, but with the influence of the meaty, ripe, and unctuous flavors of the fruit in Antiyal. The tannic structure is round and friendly. It is aged in 60% new barrels, which sets its flavors.

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Glossary

Chile

Chilean winemakers are known for opening their arms to forgotten European grape varieties, nursing them back to health, and then releasing them back to the rest of the world - and we can’t thank them enough for it. Chile’s friendly, delicious Carmenères are the best example, but Chile is generally one of the most consistent sources of delicious, ready-to-drink, approachable wines. Cabernet Sauvignons from Chile are just as crowd-pleasing as the Carmenères, and keep an eye out for velvety,...

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Syrah

We'd like to clear this up once and for all: the Shiraz grape is genetically identical to Syrah. Australian winemakers put "Shiraz" on the map (and, many would argue, vice versa), and the term is now used throughout much of the New World. Let it never be said, however, that Shiraz and Syrah are the same thing: the region in which the grape is grown determines much about the flavor of the wine it will produce. Typically, New World Shiraz yields bigger, fruitier wines than the the peppery Syrahs...

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California, positioning it at the forefront of the New World wine scene as well. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon has a...

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Carmenère

Hundreds of years ago, the red Carmenère grape was widely used in the blended wines of the best châteaux in Bordeaux. No more, however: it was difficult to grow and often gave low yields, so the French mostly abandoned it. It has recently found a home in Chile, where it has successfully been made into full-bodied, deep red varietals.


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