Gran Araucano

Brothers Jacques and François Lurton created this wine in 1997 using grapes from very old vines in the Colchagua Valley around the village of Santa Cruz.

At the time, this wine was described as one of the first Chilean ‘Grands’. Today, it is recognised as one of the country’s best Cabernets.

Description

Winemaking techniques

Harvesting by hand in crates with grape selection at the double sorting table. Pre-fermentation cold maceration for five days then alcoholic fermentation with regular pumping over and punching down. Post-fermentation maceration for seven to eight days to acquire a refined tannic structure. Malolactic fermentation in vats for a fairly short period of eight to ten days. Matured for 18 months in Bordeaux barrels (70% new barrels, 30% second-fill barrels).

Tasting notes

Magnificent, intense red colour with hints of cherry.

Very aromatic nose marked by intense fruit, fresh blackcurrant and complex thyme and garrigue notes.

Powerful on the palate, coated in concentrated but very refined tannins. A very lingering, aromatic, complex finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Chicken tagine with curry

DO Colchagua Valley

Hacienda Araucano

Chile

Hacienda Araucano

Red

Red meat cooked on the barbecue

Veal tagine

Venison in sauce or roasted or marinated

Awards

2015

93 pts – James Suckling

91 pts – Descorchados

 

2014

93 pts – James Suckling

93 pts – Tim Atkin

 

2013

91 pts – James Suckling

92 pts – Tim Atkin

90 pts – Wine Enthusiast

94 pts – La CAV

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