San Pedro Icon Wines Stand Out in Wine Advocate
Sideral, Cabo de Horno and Altair stood out with scores above 91 points in Luis Gutiérrez’ latest report in The Wine Advocate, entitled “Chile 2018: The best vintage of the past 20 years?”.
These wines of origin, crafted at the foothills of the Andes mountains, are expected to meet the highest industry demands as a result of meticulous work carried out throughout their production.
The Sideral Blend 2018 (92 points) follows the style of 2016 but with certain differences, according to Gutiérrez: “This 2018 is the first vintage from the current winemaker, Gabriel Mustakis, who used to work at Cousiño Macul. And in 2018, he harvested even a little earlier, in search of the brightness of fruit, a blend of the five varieties found in their vineyard. It's serious and balanced and has very integrated oak and pure and defined aromas and flavors.”
In turn, the Cabo de Hornos Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 was also acknowledged with 92 points. “It has considerably less alcohol than the 2015 I tasted last time. This is still quite classical, with ripe fruit and quite spicy. The palate is medium to full-bodied but keeping the balance and some freshness. The change in style will come with the 2018 vintage (which I sampled from barrique) that was harvested even earlier and keeps much more freshness”.
The highest score (93 points) was awarded to the icon wine, Altaïr, which stood out with its 2016 vintage, and was hailed with the following assessment: “Quite different from previous years, especially with the debut of Cabernet Franc and the absence of Carmenere and Petit Verdot. The grapes were protected by carbonic snow, went through a three-to-five day cold soak and fermented with selected yeasts with eight short pump-overs per day during ten days. Malolactic was in barrel where the wine matured for 18 months. Some oak vats were also used, and all of the varieties aged separately and then were blended together. They use more Cabernet Franc (since 2015) and age it in oak foudres, which gives a nice kick to the blend. It's still quite classical and Bordeaux style. I sampled an unbottled 2018 just to see the change in style, which is fresher and less influenced by the oak.”