Odfjell, Armador Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo, Chile, 2020
Founded by Norwegian Dan Odfjell this pre-dominantly red wine producer creates wines of elegance and poise.
Odfjell are fully committed to biodynamics with cover crops and beehives populating the vineyards while small Fjord horses work the land. Odfjell produces wonderful wines that few in Chile can match, with their Carignans, which come from rescued 80 year old vines, proving to be of particular note.
The grapes come from the Padre Hurtado vineyard, Maipo Valley which is located 405 metres above sea level. The climate is mild to hot with a 9 month dry season with high temperatures during the day and cold at night, influenced by the coastal breezes. The soil is alluvial and the vines average 17 years old. Elimination of shoots late in the spring, removal of interior leaves after set and selection of the best bunches during veraison and before vintage ensure the high quality.
The grapes were hand picked and not crushed on reception at the winery, only destemmed. The whole berries had 4 days of cold maceration prior to fermentation and 10-12 maceration at 25% after fermentation. Selected and native yeasts were used during fermentation which took place in tanks of 40000ltrs. Spontaneous malolactic took place in tank.
No oak ageing
Ruby-red in colour with a hint of violet. Red-fruit aromas recall strawberries and plums, along with notes of licorice and anise. Perfectly balanced on the palate with ripe tannins and a long, refreshing finish.
Slow braised venison, roasted duck breast, spicy baked beans on toast.
Cabernet Sauvignon 95%
12 x 75cl
Award: Tim Atkin Chile 2022 Special Report 91 Points