An icon is born: Luis Pereira
01 October 2015
Santa Carolina's most recent wine project, Luis Perieira, has been hitting the wine press headlines.
Named after Santa Carolina's founder, Luis Pereira has been released to coincide with the winery's140th Anniversary. The wine is the culmination of years of research into Santa Carolina's oldest vineyards, including those from the pre-phylloxera era. The style of the wine, which is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, is designed to hark back to the refined styles made in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. To reflect this, the wine is only 12.8% abv.
The Drinks Business Online featured the story on the 23rd June here.
The wine has also featured in the October 2015 edition of Decanter magazine. Patricio Tapia writes:
'In its latest project, Santa Carolina aims to revive Chile's ancient wine traditions, as well as vineyards and techniques that have not been used in this country for more than 50 years. It has so far produced two wines: a Semillon called Bloque Herencia, from old vines in the Apalta in the heart of Colchagua Valley, and a Cabernet Sauvignon called Luis Pereira. Named after the founder of the Maipo winery, it uses fruit from three different vineyards, none younger than 25 years old. In both cases the wines respect the ancient techniques of winemaking, when Chile was not yet exposed to the international market: early harvest, ageing in large foudres, short macerations, and no new oak.'
Santa Carolina, Luis Pereira Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley, Chile 2012
'Made with fruits of three vineyards in three different areas of Chile's Central Valley, all from very old vines. Early harvests, no new wood and long ageing in wooden vats put Cabernet's black fruit flavours to the fore, alongside spicy notes and firm acidity. A wine of great ageing potential and welcome return to the juicy wines of Chile's past. 18.5/20'
'A Big Adventure' by Patricio Tapia, Decanter, October 2015
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