Armador Cabernet Sauvignon, Odfjell, Maipo, Chile

This organic Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile is not just all about blackcurrant fruit, its has much more. Offering an excellent display of what this grape variety is all about, but with some additional aromas and flavours too, raspberries, dry plum and figs with just a hint of eucalyptus.

Juicy and rich with round tannins, a touch of coffee and chocolate and a long finish.

Food Match: Good red meat dishes, grilled vegetables and vegan dishes served with rich sauces

Wine Facts:

Diets Organic, Biodynamic, Vegan
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon
Sugars 2g/l Residual Sugar Only
Sulphites Under 40mg/l Natural & Added Sulphites
ABV 13.5% 
Vintage 2016

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 (short read). Find out more about differences between organic, vegan and natural wines here (long read).

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Short story: Over 25 years ago, Dan Odfjell the Norwegian Armador (ship owner) fell in love with a small corner of the Maipo Valley. Serendipity would later show that he had found land in Chile’s premium red wine producing valley, where vitis vinifera has been cultivated for 400 years. While most of the other top producers in Chile are working with relatively young vines, Odfjell have forged an unique reputation based on rediscovering the forgotten wealth of Chile's winemaking past. At the time this was considered a very eccentric move but now the interest in these old sites has grown exponentially, in no small part thanks to Odfjell.

Crafting wines that fully maximise the great potential of the region, this year having joined the new association of Vignadores de Carignan, Odfjell are committed to sustainable agriculture and green winemaking practices, the vineyards are all cultivated organically and biodynamically and are working towards certification.

Maipo Valley is 405 metres above sea level. The climate is mild to hot with a 9 month dry season with high temperatures during the day and cold at night, influenced by the coastal breezes. The soil is alluvial and the vines average 17 years old. Elimination of shoots late in the spring, removal of interior leaves after set and selection of the best bunches during veraison and before vintage ensure the high quality.

The grapes were hand picked and not crushed on reception at the winery, only destemmed. The whole berries had 4 days of cold maceration prior to fermentation and 10-12 maceration at 25% after fermentation. Selected and native yeasts were used during fermentation which took place in tanks of 40000Ltrs. Spontaneous malolactic took place in tank.

20% aged in 3 years old French oak for 4-6 months.

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Amazing red at a great price

This wine was recommended to us by Alex as a replacement for another favourite which alas is no longer in stock. The recommendation did not disappoint and what was meant to be 1 glass with a mid week dinner turned into the bottle being finished off. Deep dark red-pink in colour. Dark juicy fruits on the nose as well as the palate while at the same time smooth and subtle with a reasonably dry finish. Not too overpowering or sweet and sugary / jammy like some other Cabernet Sauvignon’s have. We thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to trying the other varieties in the range which include a Syrah and Carmenere.