Odfjell, Armador Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo, Chile, 2020
One of the best boutique organic wineries in Chile, Odfjell Vineyards are committed to producing wines with elegance and poise, from their vineyards in the Maipo, Lontué and Maule valleys.
As one of the founding members of Chilean Organic Winegrowers, Odfjell’s certified organic, biodynamic and sustainable portfolio consists of superlative old vine Carignan, in addition to more traditional varieties and blends. Cover crops and beehives amongst the vineyards aid biodiversity, whilst small Fjord horses work the land. Established by Norwegian, Dan Odfjell, with winemaking now in the very capable hands of Francisca Palacios (who takes over from Arnaud Hereu after 25 years at the winery). The two worked together on vintages since 2019, and with Francisca’s meticulous approach, work with native yeasts and deft touch, the wines of Odfjell will no doubt continue to grow in terms of quality and reputation over the coming years.
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
Award: Tim Atkin Chile 2022 Special Report 93 Points