Almaviva

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SKU
ALMA-ALMA-2018
Grouped product items
Product Name Qty
ALMA-ALMA-2018-6-750-DP
6 x 750ml
£744.00
Delivery Spring 2021
  •   Maipo Valley, Chile
  •   Hearty Red
  •   Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Petit Verdot
  •   2018

The Almaviva is a must for Bordeaux fans who will enjoy tasting this alongside richer vintage clarets and more sophisticated Napa Cabernets.

"This is such a beautifully nuanced red with tobacco, dried herbs, wet earth and currants. Some leather and rose petals, too. Full-bodied and chewy, yet refined with great polish. It’s rich and intense at the same time. Very focused center palate. Broad layers of tannin and fruit. A blend of 72% cabernet sauvignon, 19% carmenere, 6% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot. Better after 2024, but already a joy to taste." 98 pts, James Suckling


"My last Chile article questioned whether 2018 had been the best vintage of the last 20 years in the country, so I was very curious to taste the 2018 Almaviva. 2018 was a cooler year with more rain and a later budding and ripening of the grapes, especially in a cooler terroir close to the Andes, as is the case with Almaviva. The harvest was slow, as temperatures went down, further increasing the balance between freshness and ripeness of the grapes.
[...] The wine feels quite complete and nicely crafted; they use all of their resources and technology to select the perfect grapes that ferment pristinely destemmed and crushed in stainless steel tanks at 25 to 28 degrees Celsius, mostly with selected yeasts. Malolactic was part in barrique and part in tank during the alcoholic fermentation. It matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 73% of them new and the remaining 27% second use. It's a solid, well-built and seamless Almaviva, with clout and balance. 2018 was a more homogeneous vintage, globally considered one of the best in recent times in Chile. They identify a great vintage when they see more homogeneous quality in their different wines, and winemaker Michel Friou explained that this year some wines from three- or four-year-old vines were really good. It feels like a very complete wine, from a year when the seasons were marked and when the plant followed the development with almost textbook conditions—the grapes ripened thoroughly, developing more flavors and nuances while keeping the freshness.
This is still a baby, extremely young and creamy, but it is still approachable; there are no edges, but what's remarkable is the balance and stuffing and all the necessary ingredients for a great development in bottle. This is quite different from 2016; it's a vintage with power and clout, a wine that has fruit and intensity and is balanced, without the concentration and tannins of the 2017. It’s a more complete year that combines the finesse of 2016 with more thorough ripeness. The spicy and peppery character comes through with some time in the glass. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled during the last week of January 2020."
96 pts, Luis Gutiérrez, WA

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  Bottle size 750
  Duty Paid / In Bond In Bond
  Vintage 2018
  Country Chile
  Region Maipo Valley
  Grape Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Petit Verdot
  Wine Type Red wines
  Wine Style Hearty Red
  Oak Mildly Oaked
  Drinkability Lay down
  Sweetness Dry
  Abv 14.9%
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