Haras de Pirque Galantas Gran Reserva 2016
From the organic vineyards in the Maipo Andes Valley, Galantas represents the maximum expression of Cabernet Franc in the Maipo Andres valley. With a blend of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Carménère, this wine is capable of expressing the characteristic vibrance, elegance, and finesse of this unique terroir. The grapes are sourced from Haras de Pirque’s organic vineyards, situated in the Maipo Andes valley at over 700 metres above sea level.
Garnet red colour with purple reflections. Graphite and dark berry fruits dominate the nose with a hint of herbs. The palate’s fruit flavours of blueberries, blackberries, cassis and plum are mixed with spicy and chocolate notes before wrapping up in a finish of residual herbs and ashy graphite minerals. A supple mouthfeel that demonstrates an elegant and fresh character.
The four separate Cabernet Franc vineyard plots and the Careménère were fermented separately in stainless steel and french oak tanks. Cold maceration lasted for 3–5 days to bring out the aromatic components of the grapes. After the fermentation, which utilised solely spontaneous yeasts, the wine went into 60 gallon French oak barrels where it aged for 14 months.
Fun Fact: Thanks to its historical use as a racing stable, the winery building is shaped like a horse shoe!
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Haras de Pirque has about one hundred hectares of vineyards planted on the foothills of the foothills of the Andes, in Pirque. Of these hectares, about seven are cabernet franc and with a selection of these plants 12 thousand bottles of this new Galantas are produced, a franc full of herbal notes, but above all minerals, which seem to be typical of this place in the Alto Maipo. Some ash and graphite are felt, while the tannin texture prevails like a web made of metal. This is a wine to keep.
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Berry and plum aromas come with varietal green-leaf accents. A solid palate is a bit choppy and tannic, while dark-berry, plum, spice and chocolate flavors wrap up on a flush finish with residual herbal notes. Drink this surprisingly excellent Cab Franc through 2023.