Haras de Pirque Maipo
Eduardo Matte acquired this 600 ha estate in the higher reaches of the Maipo Valley in 1991 and over the next couple of years planted 120 ha of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère as well as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The property is perhaps better known as one of Chile’s best thoroughbred horse breeding studs. With vineyards planted at an altitude of between 550 and 660metres above sea level the local climate provides fruit of excellent ripeness and well balanced acidity. There are two well-priced ranges Equus and Haras offering good well-made essentially fruit driven styles. There are also three superior wines which take the Character label, including finely structured spicy and restrained Syrah, leafy Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère as well as Chardonnay. Just below the summit of the winery’s production are the Elegance Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also includes a little Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Chardonnay is big and opulent with marked tropical fruit. The Cabernet shows its high altitude origins with a firm structure and minty undercurrent to its fruit. The top red, Albis is well-structured firm and in an elegant and quite restrained style with reined in new wood and a supple rounded texture from malolactic in barrel. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère it offers good depth and intensity, as it should as one of Chile’s more expensive reds. Cellaring for five years is advisable. (DM)
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