What makes Scarlet Vine so tantalizing? Start with a forgotten century-old vineyard halfway up a mountain in the famed upper Maipo Valley. Earthquakes, snowmelt and wind have stripped away soil and nutrients, leaving behind bare ground that is seventy percent rocks. The vines seem to will themselves to endure, ungrafted and untamed. In return for being left free to grow on their own rootstock they offer up a natural, uninhibited expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, with berries that are maddeningly small and dense – like jewels.
Scarlet Vine fruit commands first-class treatment in the winery, and so we lavish it with all it deserves: hand-picked, five-plus days on the skins before fermentation and ten days after for rich texture and extraction, followed by ten months perfecting in French oak barrels. The wine is powerful and voluptuous with classic flavors of black cherry and raspberry, subtle hints of mint, herbs and vanilla oak. The finish is long and alluring.
This is estate grown Scarlet Vine.