Vinous highlights Santa Rita wines in Joaquín Hidalgo’s Chile report16 de March de 2020
The Argentinean critic delivered his first report on Chile for online publication Vinous, awarding high scores to the most important wines of Santa Rita.
March 2020.– “The many different Chiles of Chile” is the article presented by Joaquín Hidalgo as his first report on the country for US wine platform Vinous. After tasting over 700 wines and visiting several wine regions, the journalist presented excellent scores to Santa Rita wines.
“Santa Rita, the third-largest vineyard in Chile, is developing a line of heritage vines in Apalta in unirrigated vineyards with old plants grown by their owners”, writes Hidalgo, adding that “(…) similar efforts are being made at Santa Rita, whose Cabernets are increasingly fruity and far less ripe”.
Referring to the Floresta range, which received great scores, the critic said Santa Rita Floresta Field Blend Blanco 2019, 94 points, “A Field White (Semillón, Moscatel, Sauvignon Vert and Corinto) from an 80-year-old, unirrigated vineyard in Apalta. Fermented with skins in open barrels and concrete, this is a golden-colored wine in which a hint of Muscat resonates with basil, grass and honey. Paradoxically, it is both mellifluous and light in the mouth”. On Santa Rita Floresta Carmenere 2017, with 92 Points, “A Carménère from an unirrigated vineyard in Apalta, this is the antithesis of the classic Chilean style. Harvested on February 15, with an alcohol content of 13.2%, it was cold-macerated and aged in clay amphora and concrete eggs. Bright purple in color with an herbal, minty nose, where plums and playful fresh cherries also feature. Flowing easily across the tongue, it has a chalky texture with fine tannins, good juiciness and an herbal base. A new interpretation of the varietal”. In addition, Floresta Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 received 91 points, while Floresta Cabernet Franc 2018 achieved 90 points.
On the other hand, the high-end line of wines of the Maipo-based winery was also praised. Pewën de Apalta 2018 received 92 points, with the Carmenere highlighting “on the palate, it presents firm tannins and a juicy feel as well as a measured structure and fruity strength”. Bougainville 2017, the Petite Sirah sourced the from Maipo Alto estate, was awarded 92 points, “A remarkably powerful explosion of fruit and oak in the mouth”. Meanwhile, Triple C 2015 obtained 91 points, regarded as “A quintessentially Chilean wine”.
To finalize, the Medalla Real range achieved 92 points for the Medalla Real Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2018, 91 points for Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 and 90 points for Medalla Real Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2019.