Viu Manent Colchagua
This family owned operation produce a sizeable range of well made wines from a current holding of 260 ha of vineyards, all in the Colchagua Valley. Fruit also comes from the Casablanca and Leyda regions for some of the firm’s Sauvignon Blanc output. The climate at Colchagua is warm albeit with the combined benefit of cooling breezes filtering inland from the ocean and sufficient altitude at 500 metres to promote excellent acidity in the grapes. The wines fit into three distinct ranges.
The varietal wines are simple straightforward accessible and fruit driven and generally offer very good value. A level up are the Secreto wines which along with very modern labelling keep a component of their blend and detail secret. The top wines are the single vineyard bottlings along with the prestige red the very impressive red Viu 1. The Secreto Sauvignon comes itself from the lower Casablanca Valley, it is cool fermented with some skin contact. Among the Secreto reds Carmenère is spicy and and dense, Syrah full of black pepper fruit. Both benefit from a cold soak pre-fermentation. Single Vineyard Malbec is dense and concentrated with an earthy tobacco scented complexity. The Viu 1 is similarly dominated by Malbec and it is perhaps this variety that shines most here. Indeed this is one of those rare examples that stands fair comparison with the better examples from Mendoza. Aged for 20 months in mostly new French oak this is dense, powerful and complex. There is also a decent fresh, citrus scented late-harvest Sémillon which is worth consideration. (DM)
To find out more about Viu Manent 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)