Haras de Pirque Hussonet Gran Reserva 2016
Named after one of the most successful Chilean stallions of the estate, Hussonet is an elegant and charming Cabernet with a strong territorial identity.
A true classic of Maipo-Andes, Hussonet opens with a chocolate nose. It’s chocolatey-ness is complemented by delicate notes of dark fruits and herbs such as cedarwood, rosemary and bay leaf. The concentrated palate offers dark fruit flavours of plum, cassis and blackberries. An elegant mouthfeel with firm tannins and a persistent finish.
Principally Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc (15%) in the blend, the wine is produced from the Haras de Pirque vineyards in the Mapo Valley. The various vineyard parcels were fermented separately either in stainless steel tanks or in French oak fermenters. The fermentation was preceded by cold maceration of the juice on its skins, which lasted from 3–5 days. The wine then went into 60 gallon oak barrels, where it aged on its lees for 12 months. Finally, the wine ages in bottle for an additional 12 months.
Fun Fact: Thanks to its historical use as a racing stable, the winery building is shaped like a horse shoe!
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, Patricio Tapia – 94 POINTS
A photograph of Pirque’s cabernet, it has mentholated, herbal aromas, all on a solid, firm, but at the same time fine structure of tannins, expanding on the palate like a delicate steel blanket. And the fruit on it, juicy, refreshing, balanced in all its aspects. This red is a selection of cabernet vineyards (plus some syrah and cabernet franc) from vineyards to the west of the winery in Pirque.
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