Vinedo Chadwick 1999


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Vinedo Chadwick, Maipo Valley, Chile 1999 

94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Carmenère aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels

The first vintage of this iconic wine wine from Eduardo Chadwick.

"This is the first ever release of Eduardo Chadwick's own single-vineyard prestige wine, a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon with 6% Carmenère. Vinedo Chadwick is located along the banks of the Maipo river, and was close-planted with selected clones in 1992. This low-yielding vintage has produced a dense, garnet coloured wine with a deep, serious, vinous nose of cedary, powerful character with notes of very sweet black fruits, a hint of violet and a broad, toasty, tobacco background. On the palate there is a mass of mouthfilling cherry and raspberry fruit, with depths of plummier concentration filling out the mid-palate, a real rasp of acidity, but polished, ripe tannins creating a warming, expansive finish. There is plenty of spice and a lovely sense of harmony about this wine which finishes with great purity and focus."

94/100 points, Tom Cannavan, January 2004

"A firm and structured red with currants and hints of fresh herbs. Full body, fine tannins and clean and fresh finish. Reminds me of a pretty, aged Napa Valley cabernet.” 94/100 points, James Suckling 

"This refined red offers taut mineral, loam, cassis and hot stone notes, with plenty of grip as well. Additional flavors of toast, vanilla and tar provide a steady bass line, and the finish shows power and balance. Impressive now, but this really needs to stretch out a bit in the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon with 4 percent Carmenère.” 92/100 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

"First vintage and the only one with any Carmenère. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Carmenère. TA 5.26 g/l, pH 3.7, RS 1.86 g/l. The vineyard around the family home had produced outstanding red grapes for decades, and Eduardo Chadwick, foreseeing the potential of this unique terroir, convinced his father to convert his beloved polo field into vineyards. In 1992, it was planted with 15 ha of Cabernet Sauvignon. Viñedo Chadwick is located 650 m above sea level at Puente Alto in the Maipo Valley. As a result of both the warm growing season and the low yields, the grapes achieved good sugar levels and ripe tannins in early April and were harvested about two weeks earlier than normal. The grapes were hand harvested in individual lots and gently crushed and fermented in their individual lots. Aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels.A definite step up in sophistication from Seña. The 6% Carmenère is not obvious although the fruit is slightly drying out. Sweet dusty start. Then well-melded fruit with good acid balance and tannins that have almost disappeared. Juicy and slightly simple finish." 

16/20 points, Jancis Robinson 

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