Clos des Fous Grillos Cantores Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

£12.49

TASTING NOTE

Beautiful ruby red colour, with a characteristic nose of red fruits and black cherries. Hints of spice, black pepper and green tea develop in the glass. On the palate, the wine is silky, generous and broad, with soft tannins. Its excellent acidity is supported by subtle minerality and an elegant finish.

Clos des Fous has 19 hectares of vineyards in total, which is supplemented by fruit from selected growers. Pedro Parra‘s key aim was to move plantings away from the fertile plains and up the slopes into the Andean and Coastal ranges, where the rockier soils result in lower vine vigour and deeper roots, which he believes gives better balance and more finesse to the wines. The Cabernet grapes are grown in a single vineyard called Cabeza de Loco (Crazy Head) in the Alto Cachapoal, just six kilometres from the Andes mountains. The decaying granite and volcanic rocks which are present in the soil here provide the resulting wines with a distinct mineral character, soft tannins and good levels of balancing acidity.

The summer had a very hot start, but at the end of January temperatures became more moderate and nights became fresher. This allowed the grapes to develop a better phenolic ripeness and balance before harvest.

Work in the winery was relatively minimal. The grapes were destemmed without crushing and underwent cold maceration for five to seven days with the temperature gradually increasing as the fermentation took place. Gentle punch-downs of the cap took place as required to extract colour and tannin. The total process, including a post-fermentation maceration, takes approximately four weeks. The wine was aged partially in wood and partially in cement vessels for 18 months.

14% abv

Clos des Fous Grillos Cantores Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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