Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Casa Real
|Region||Maipo Valley, Buin, Alto Jahuel, Chile|
|Brand||Santa Rita Winery|
Climate & Soil
The climate is sub humid Mediterranean. The rains are mainly concentrated in winter with an annual average of 500 mm. Spring is cool and dry, while summers are hot with temperatures reaching over 30ºC. The influence of the Andes Mountains causes a thermal oscillation of over 15°C between day and night.
Temperatures gradually begin to decrease towards the end of summer, thus permitting a gradual ripening of the grapes, and allowing them to maintain the fruit concentration and the proper tannin ripening. Alluvial type soils with a franc upper layer 80 -100 cm. in depth. A loamy lower layer ensures proper drainage of rain water while allowing deep radicular system growth.
The grapes were carefully handpicked into small 15-kg boxes. Fermentation and extraction took place at temperatures of 25º–30ºC. After alcoholic fermentation and a short maceration, the wine was racked to first-use French oak barrels where it underwent malolactic fermentation.
The wine was aged for 15 months in first-use, 100% French oak barrels from
different forests and cooperages.
Total Acidity: 3.7 g/l (Expressed in H2SO4)
Alcohol: 14.4 % v/v
Residual Sugar: 1.8 g/l
Intense ruby-red in colour with an elegant lustre. The nose presents sweet aromas
of red and black fruits that meld with notes of fine oak that heightens its complexity.
Sweet, ripe, elegant, and concentrated on the palate, with firm, ripe, and silky
tannins and tremendous aging potential. A great vintage!
As for wineries, Santa Rita has five production plants. The main one is in Alto Jahuel, Buin, and has high-technology wine-making equipment, modern bottling lines and vessels for aging 19.5 million liters of fine wines.
In the wineries for aging, as such, barrels made of French and American oak are used in which the wine acquires complexity and body with a woody taste and a smooth and delicate aroma. One of the oldest wineries for aging wine is to be found in Alto Jahuel (Buin). There, in a cellar, the winery’s best wines such as Casa Real and Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon are aged. This winery, which has been declared a national monument, was built of stone and mortar by French architects.