Casas del Bosque Casablanca
Founded in 1993 by Juan Cuneo Solari, Casas del Bosque has grown from a boutique winery to one producing around 1 million bottles a year. All wines are tank fermented with commercial yeasts but nevertheless, some wines of high quality are produced. Gran Reserva and Pesqueñas Producciones (small production) wines are particularly fine. There are 226ha of vines in production in the Casablanca Valley planted to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Riesling with another 18 or so producing premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère in the Rapel and Maipo Valleys. The Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc spends around two months in old oak after fermentation and has typical grassy and tropical fruit notes with good clean fruit. But the Pesquiñas Producciones Sauvignon Blanc has more weight and spends more time in wood, giving it just that bit more roundness and complexity. Similarly, Reserva Chardonnay, which spends 6 months in old oak, whilst having some tropical fruit flavours, does not compare with the Grand Reserve Chardonnay, spending almost a year in old oak and made from run-off juice as opposed to press wine for the Reserva. Small production Pinot Noir – 14 months in half new and half 3 year old barrels is round and complete with soft tannins, spice and damson overtones, whilst Small Production Syrah, grown at high altitude and matured for 14 months in around 85% new and 15% one year old barrels, shows great complexity, weight, length and true varietal tar and pepper on the palate. Carmenère from the Rapel Valley is racy and slick but without the concentration of the other reds. Gran Bosque is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo and is their premium wine limited to around 5000 bottles each year. It’s a whopping 15% abv and spends 22 months in new oak before release. The result is a smooth and concentrated wine showing mocha, smoke, dark chocolate and black fruits which will need at least 5 years of cellaring. The Late Harvest Riesling is not botrytis affected and is a little one dimensional and sugary. (NB)
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