Viña Von Siebenthal Aconcagua
This recently established, Swiss-owned estate has three vineyards in the warm Panquehue. Hillside sites with sandy, stony soils are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Syrah and Petit Verdot, while the lower lying plots, which have clay-limestone soils, are planted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc, to a certain extent mirroring the approach in Bordeaux. A number of wines are produced. The soft, juicy, fruit-driven Parcela 7 is blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink this young or with a little age. There is a very characterful Carmenère which like the Parcela is vinified in stainless steel and aged for just 4 months in oak.
The Carabantes is dominated by Syrah, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot included in the blend. Aged for 6 months in oak, this is vibrant and spicy with impressive ripe blackberry fruit. The cedary Montelìg which is blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and just a little Carmenère, will develop very well with 4 or 5 years’ cellaring. Recently added and at a similar level to Montelig is an intriguing and very characterful 100% Petit Verdot, Toknar. The top red, Tatay de Christobal is a 90/10 blend of Carmenère and Petit Verdot. It is a red of serious dimension and structure, its also very pricey. (DM)
To find out more about Viña Von Siebenthal and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to South America..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines Merlot, the two Cabernets, Carmenère and Syrah. (DM)