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The Colchagua Valley is the hottest growing region in South America – sommeliers, wine writers and tourists are flocking to this breathtaking landscape that has destroyed expectations by dramatically improving every single vintage. In just a decade, Colchagua has gone from “Oh, that’s interesting…” to “At that price, I’ll take it all.” The phenomenal Edicion de Familia tastes like a world-beating Napa Meritage at a price that seems like a printing error. Stack it high in the cellar and thank yourself later!
About the wine
Who brought the ringer? That’s what tasters thought when the cork was popped on this extraordinary Cabernet blend from Laura Hartwig. Slotted in with other bargains from Chile, this wine practically leapt from the glass and drop-kicked the competition off the table. A major discovery – and truly confident, top-flight winemaking! For those who’ve loved Don Melchor or Almaviva – this could be the next star to emerge from Chile. The Hartwig family has a very special plot of land that produces super-ripe, robust fruit and they’ve spared no expense to help take their Colchagua estate to the very top. They’re not content with being known for solely for great value –they want to be known for being the very best, period! And in tasting “Edicion de Familia,” this South American powerhouse is quietly creeping into the global Top 100. Don’t be surprised (like everyone else will be) when Edicion starts landing in the Top 10 Wines of the Year in the next few years –this is ‘The Chilean Winery to Watch.’
Winemaker: Renato Czischke
Appellation: Colchagua Valley
- 95 pts: James Suckling
- #59 on Top 100 of 2016
Grapes: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Malbec, 23% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Vineyard: Laura Hartwig Vineyard
Cooperage: 20 months in French Oak
About the winery
In 1966, Laura Bisquertt inherited the Santa Laura estate from her father, who had purchased it in 1928. The land, as was customary in the area, was devoted to seasonal crops and livestock. Between 1966 and 1971, Laura’s husband, Alejandro Hartwig Carte, a civil engineer, managed the estate, farming traditional crops and running a dairy farm. In 1971, the family moved to Canada for 10 years, where Alejandro became a great wine enthusiast and connoisseur. He recognizes North America’s growing demand for classic French wine varieties. He decides to take advantage of the excellent weather conditions of the Colchagua Valley and the increasing appetite for wines from the New World (wines from Australia and California had started to become popular around this time), and develops what he calls his “Retirement Project.”
About the vineyard
Deep, fertile soils that feature a combination of clay and sand provide balance and contrast in this compelling wine. Rich yet finely tannic, it has the elegance of a left-bank Bordeaux with the dark muscle of their neighbors on the other side of the Andes. The weather in Colchagua is the secret to the excellent quality of its wines, with four well-defined seasons throughout the year. The influence of sea breezes from the Pacific Ocean and the winds from the Los Andes Mountain Range combine to make Colchagua an ideal place to grow grapes. During the grape growing season (October-April, remember we’re in the Southern Hemisphere), there are large temperature variations–with maximums of 35ºC (95 F) and minimums of 13ºC (55 F)– which promote the buildup of aromatic and color compounds on the berries which, in turn, result in high quality wines.
95 points, James Suckling
A structured and rich red with blueberry, black currant and dried chocolate aromas and flavors. Full body, solid core of fruit and ripe tannins. Very long. Linear backbone. A blend of 46% cabernet sauvignon, 28% malbec, 23% petit verdot and 3% cabernet franc. Better in 2020
95 points, James Suckling (previous tasting)
"A great wine with fabulous tension and focus. Full body, round tannins, plus fruit and tannin tension. Currants and mineral too. Again, like a top Napa red from the 1970s such as BV Private Reserve. 38% cabernet sauvignon, 35% malbec, 17% cabernet franc and 10% petit verdot. Drink or hold."