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The extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon harvest of 2018

Thursday, 27 August, 2020

During the second half of 2017 and the first of 2018, Concha y Toro experienced unbeatable climatic conditions, leading it to produce an extraordinary vintage.

In the valleys of Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule, the conditions provided the winemaking team with a harvest of grapes that would become wines of the highest standard in quality, balance, noted as especially aromatic, of great structure and concentration, with matured tannins and exceptional finesse.

The reason the 2018 vintage was such a success is purely climatic: soils received sufficient watering thanks to a rainy winter marked by moderate temperatures and cool nights; vines grew strong and freely during a sunny spring, rainless but a bit cooler than previous years; grape clusters developed optimally in terms of fruitiness, color and aroma under summer diurnal temperature variations; and lastly, an autumn of moderate temperatures and cool nights brought grapes to maturity.

And thus, the TRIO Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 harvest resulted in grapes with ideal sugar levels for a perfect fermentation, leading to matured, sweet tannins, balanced acidity and aromas of black fruits, red fruits, blackcurrant and violet. Chile’s central valley is renowned for such characteristics.

We can also highlight Cabernet Sauvignon as being small grapes with a dark azure color and as having a thick skin that creates wines of intense, dark red tone, and complex tannins with marked acidity.

In the case of the TRIO Reserva blend, the predominant grape of Cabernet Sauvignon (88%) brings body and depth, while Cabernet Franc (7%) and Syrah (5%) provide delicate fruit notes of cherry, Chilean wineberry, blackberry and spice.

When pairing foods with this delicious wine, we recommend aged cheeses such as Brie, Machego, and Roquefort, and wild game and red meats. Remember, TRIO Cabernet Sauvignon is best served at temperatures between 16-19 C (61-64 F); anything above 19 C can increase the taste of alcohol, harming the wine’s flavors, aromas and nuances.

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